There is a reason that dogs are man's best friend; they are generally sweet, attentive and loving toward their owners. With all the love and affection they give to their owners, dogs deserve to be treated with the utmost responsibility and care for their well-being. The following article will teach you all about dogs.
Hugs are great to give your pets, but kisses are not that great. Kissing a dog might seem cute, but they have dirty mouths. They eat garbage or poop and even sniff other dog's butts. It is folk wisdom that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a humans. This couldn't be farther from the truth.
You need to take your older pet to the vet at lease once a day. Since your dog doesn't talk, you may have difficulty figuring out if a tooth starts hurting or where arthritis is developing. Annual checkups can catch issues before they develop into something serious.
Dogs don't talk so you should learn his non-verbal language. If they seem hesitant upon meeting up with other dogs or people, don't force interaction. This may lead to someone getting bitten. So pay attention to your dog's demeanor and make your judgement from these cues.
Always make sure to keep any prescription medications away from your dog. The same holds true for over-the-counter meds. Your dog could be seriously injured or killed by ingesting a couple of small pills. If, by chance, a dog does eat some of your pills, contact the vet right away.
Use flea treatments with caution. A lot of the ones on the market have ingredients that are 1000 times more potent than what is considered safe by the EPA and it may be a cancer risk for children. Talk to your vet to learn about flea treatments that are safer and more family friendly, and always keep flea medication out of reach of children.
Do not feed your dog "people food". If you do, he will hang around you constantly wanting more every time you eat. Your dog may also stop eating his own food as much. Table scraps can actually lead to obesity and other health concerns. Make sure your dog does not sit near the table and beg, so you aren't tempted.
Talk with a vet about which foods are good for dogs and which ought to be avoided. Some foods can cause sickness or an upset stomach. Be cautious about what types of foods you feed your dog.
If your dog displays a good behavior, praise it or reward it with a treat. He needs to understand that this is the right thing to do. This shows your pup that when things are done right, he will be rewarded.
There is no doubt that dog ownership offers an incredible array of benefits, and can be the foundation of an incredible friendship. That means you have to learn what it takes to care for your dog. The tips you just read can be of great benefit to you over the life of your dog.