Owning a dog is a very big responsibility. You must treat them as though they were your own child. If you can’t do this then you probably shouldn’t have one. If you do have the time and loving attitude that it takes to uphold this responsibility then there are a few things you need to know about taking care of your precious canine.
The first thing you should do is find a reliable animal hospital that can assist you with all of your pet care needs and problems. It shouldn’t be hard being that there are plenty of certified veterinarians all around the Richmond, VA area. It’s very important to regularly set checkups bi-annually to ensure that your loved one is at its optimal health. Here they can re-enforce what I am about to share with you. Your vet should be able to run all the testing necessary to make sure that your pet is living well. He or she can also supply you with heart worm medicine and proper flea medications. Heart worms can be very detrimental to your dog’s life to the point where they can fall ill and die which is why you must keep up with this medication. If you miss a monthly dose you must take your four-legged friend to be check out again. If you medicate for heart worms while your pup is infected this could cause serious problems. The dying worms can cause blockages that could also kill your dog so make sure not to miss their monthly dose. Flea medication is also important not only because fleas can seriously irritate a dogs skin but because the flea larvae can actually turn into tape worms, another parasite that can take over their digestive tract.
You should also keep good track of your little guy’s diet and nutrition. Make sure that your canine friend gets all the proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water that he or she requires. Your local animal hospital can help your create a diet that is right for your dog’s size and age. Generally, a puppy up to three months should have four meals a day. When he is between three to six months you can than break it down to three meals a day. After that he can move to two meals a day. The specific calorie intake should be decided by your veterinarian.
A new trend that has been sweeping over the nation is making your own naturally healthy dog treats. With the dog food industry’s unknown ingredient history, many are taking their dog feeding into their own hands by using fresh ingredients. One really great recipe that my dog loves is one that I found on Cesar Milan’s website under the title “Recipe ideas for quick and healthy homemade dog treats” called basic dog biscuits.
I hope you found this helpful and I just want to remind everyone to “LOVE YOUR DOG!!!”