With millions of owners across the world, it’s no wonder that dogs have earned the title of man’s best friend. If you’re getting a puppy or you adopting an older dog, here are some top tips to keep your pooch healthy and happy.
Keep in touch with your vet
If you’ve recently bought a pup home, or you already have a dog, it’s always beneficial to keep in contact with your vet. Ensure your dog is up to date with vaccinations and routine checks. Many vets will send SMS reminders when your pet is due their next appointment. Puppies need a course of injections, and once this is complete, most dogs only require an annual booster. Once your pup has matured, your vet may ask you about neutering.
Take out insurance
Pet insurance helps to cover unexpected accidents, loss and veterinary treatment. Most pet owners pay a monthly fee, but you can also pay an annual sum. The higher the level of protection, the more expensive the premium. If you’re not sure which provider to choose, ask your vet for advice.
Follow feeding guidelines
Dogs are like humans in that they gain weight if they consume more calories than they burn. Always follow feeding guidelines for your breed and ensure your dog is as active as possible. Some breeds need more exercise than others.
Look after their teeth
Gum disease is one of the most common ailments to affect dogs. It’s your duty as an owner to look after your dog’s teeth and arrange regular dental checks for them. You can use specially designed chews or invest in a doggy toothbrush. If your dog seems to be in pain when they chew or they’ve gone off their food, this may be down to a dental issue.
Treat them to some TLC
Many owners shower their dogs with love and affection on a daily basis. Give your dog plenty of attention and treat them a little pampering from time to time. A visit to a groomer will enable them to enjoy a cut and blow dry, a nail buff and a nice warm bath. It’s particularly important to keep up with grooming tasks if you have a long-haired dog.
Get to know your dog
Dogs have distinctive personalities and most owners form a strong bond with their pets. Spend time playing and stick to a routine. If your dog is off their food, when they normally charge through the house at the sound of rustling biscuits, see your vet. Use your intuition. If you think your dog is not quite right, it’s always best to get them checked out. If there is a problem, they can be treated as quickly as possible. If your dog’s fine, you can enjoy peace of mind.
Owning a dog can be time-consuming and tiring, especially in the early days. But dogs are loyal and loving, and it’s well the effort. Follow guidelines from your vet and don’t hesitate to ask for advice if you’re worried about your dog.