4 Helpful Tips for Dog Owners
They’re a man’s best friend. And it’s no wonder why.
They’re loyal, loving, caring and want what’s best for you. But are you doing what you can to return the favour for your dog?
As responsible parents, it’s our duty to look after their health as number one priority. Whether you’re a new pup parent or an experienced one, there’s always room for more knowledge.
That’s why we’ve put together our top four things to look out for:
1. SAFE, COMFORTABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT
Just like us humans, dogs need a shelter. They too need to feel safe, warm and protected.
Obedience training is a good way to bond with your pup and will also give them a sense of purpose. A well trained and obedient dog is a joy to have as they are generally friendly to all types of people. More importantly, a well trained pooch is guaranteed to lead a safer and longer life.
Different breeds have different needs.
Some parents under or overfeed their pups and perhaps unintentionally cause problems later on in their lives. Many parents fall under the misconception that if it’s safe for us humans, it is safe for their dogs too. This is not necessarily the case. Your dog requires a balance of proteins, healthy fats, minimum carbohydrates and plenty of water – all in the correct proportions.
Check the appropriate nutrition for your dog’s size, breed, level of activity and age.
Nutritional supplements for optimum joint health and mobility are important to consider in your doggy diet. There is nothing more exciting and fulfilling for a dog than to be able to move with utmost freedom.
Have you ever sat around all day/all week and felt pretty unproductive and not too good about yourself? That’s how your dog would feel too! Exercise is an absolute must.
Lack of exercise can lead to behavioural issues later on – they don’t get the interaction that they need with other dogs or even people. Keeping your dog cooped up will most likely cause inactivity related conditions like joint problems, diabetes, deformities or obesity.
4. CHECK UPS AND PREVENTION
Your vet is there for a reason! Use them. They can advise you if your dog is growing and developing as expected and if not, they will have a plan ready for you.
- Take care of dental and oral care – use appropriate toys and treats designed specifically to improve dental and oral health.
- Get your dog vaccinated and protected against a variety of parasites.
- Don’t overlook the importance of grooming and nail care.
- Many breeds are prone to issues such as arthritis, hip dysplasia and other joint problems. Be aware of what your breed of dog is most prone to and act accordingly.
Don’t wait for any of these to strike or creep up on your pup. You’re more likely to feel secure if you know that you are preventing your best friend from experiencing any of these problems – and it’s more than likely to save you a large sum of money in the long run!
Looking after the final member of your family is not really much different to looking after yourself. With the right nutrition, level of exercise, a safe home environment and a regular check up, you’re well on your way to earning all the love your pup has to give you.
If you need any more information or any further advice on caring for your pet, don’t hesitate to contact us!
One of our pup-tastic team will be happy to assist you via our Facebook page, Petz Park.