When it comes to the arrival of our new best friend at home, we need to make sure we know as much about dog care as we can to prepare ourselves and provide them with the care they may nee,d. Remember that the more you know about the subject, the more secure you will be in providing a loving and fun home. CMM wants to help you do this, so here are some general tips for your care.
A dog’s care depends on us and starts with his safety. Although most of the time at home, you should ALWAYS have a collar and badge with your name, address, and phone number. As careful as we may be as owners, the possibility of losing it unfortunately exists and these measures increase the chance that someone will notice it is home, protect it and in fact find it safe and sound. Nowadays there is also the option of the microchip, so even though you will lose your collar, when it is scanned by a vet or shelter, your information will appear and you will be contacted.
Clean and safe home
Make sure you remove all objects that could be dangerous and remember that cleanliness is basic to a good quality of life.
Hydration is extremely important to your health and energy, you should always have clean, fresh water available.
Quality, healthy diet
Just as in humans, being overweight can have a significant effect on their health. Follow your vet’s instructions according to your breed, size, and age. Don’t forget to choose healthy prizes too. (See more about: Dog food)
See your veterinarian regularly
Your vet will provide you with all the information you need on how to care for your dog, including vaccinations, parasite control, and hygiene. Always remember to keep a copy of your health care at home or with you if you travel. It will also guide you in other decisions that you must make or issues that you do not know, if at any time you have doubts about your health, contact your vet as soon as possible and choose the one you can trust and contact in case of emergency.
Make sure he gets the exercise he needs to maintain his condition. By staying in shape, your dog will have a better chance of participating in activities that he is sure to enjoy. If you leave the house, always keep it on a leash and under control because it will be better for you and the community. (See more about Ways to stay in shape)
Dogs are social by nature and need interaction with their owner. The quality time they will have will help you get to know your dog and understand any particular needs he may have in the future, as well as make it easier for you to recognize any early signs of distress. In addition, time spent together will help prevent future misbehaviors.
If your pet is outdoors and has a roof over their head or a house to shelter from the sun and rain, it’s a win-win situation, especially for large, very active dogs. However, dogs should never be kept outside for long periods of time and alone. As mentioned above, they need company and should spend as much time as possible with their family.
Basic training for puppies and adult dogs may be helpful. The easier it is for you to follow basic and necessary orders, the greater your chances for a long and safe life. (See more about: How to educate your dog)
Caring for a dog is not just about health, exercise, and appearance. It is also up to us to decide whether to reproduce it. If you are not interested in puppy breeding, spaying or neutering is an option. If you plan to continue breeding or are against spay/neuter for other reasons, take safety measures to avoid unwanted crossbreeding (consult your vet for options) and always consider the people you will be giving the puppies too. Consider that dogs that perform these procedures tend to live longer, are healthier and have fewer behavior problems (less dominant, markless territory, are less likely to bite or run away, among others). On the other hand, you will also be contributing to the current overpopulation and encouraging the adoption of dogs. If your problem is economic, ask your local associations about sterilization campaigns.
Not only because of bad breath or yellow teeth, many breeds are more prone to dental diseases such as gingivitis or plaque buildup. In the long term, it could cause infections that could lead to consequences such as early tooth loss and heart, liver or kidney problems. Establishes a review consultation with the veterinarian every two years.