Keeping your pet dog healthy and happy really takes a lot of work. As a pet owner, it is your primary responsibility to meet the needs of the dog and there are basic things that you need to know to do this.
Let me share with you some tips that I consider to be the most crucial:
Regular visits to the veterinarian
As the popular saying goes, “prevention is better than cure” and the same principle also applies to your pets.
Instead of taking your dog or cat to the veterinary clinic only when they are sick, regular visits are much more advisable. It is the best way to prevent serious health problems. Your pet will be examined in important areas such as dental health, weight monitoring and parasite issues, among others. Of course, the vaccination must also take place. Ideally, these visits should be made at least once a year.
Treat the parasites right away
Speaking of parasites, immediate treatment of the problem is absolutely crucial. Take the time to inspect your pet daily (or at least once a week) to find out if there are parasites on the body. Fleas are the most common and this can lead to more problems such as infection, skin irritation and hair loss. If your pet swallows a flea, it means that you will later worry about tapeworms and other types of parasites.
Do not overfeed
Obesity is never a good thing, so be careful not to overfeed your pet. Talk to your veterinarian and ask how you can maintain your pet’s ideal weight (this may vary depending on the type of animal you have). You can then discuss the appropriate food intake that should be observed daily.
Never give medicine to man
In case you are unaware, human medicines can actually poison or pose great risks to the health of your pets. Always consult the veterinarian in case you see symptoms of illness. Do not experiment and give only the drugs recommended by the expert.
Use an appropriate animal restraint when driving a vehicle
If you drive often with your pet, be sure to use proper restraints. This is important to keep your pet safe and to keep you, the driver, less distracted. Accidents and injuries can be avoided when using this pet equipment on your vehicle.
by Tony F Green