How To Successfully Care For A Dog

How To Successfully Care For A Dog

Indeed a dog is a wonderful addition to every home it goes to. But whether you are an ardent pet parent or an aloof one, it is of utmost importance to prioritise your canine fur baby’s health and happiness above everything else. 

Read further to get some insightful tips that every dog parent needs. 

Medicines and Poisons

Never start your dog on a medication that your veterinarian has not prescribed. In case of instances where you suspect that your dog has consumed a poisonous substance, call your veterinarian or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for round the clock animal poison information at (888) 426 – 4435

CBD oil for dogs is the safest and medically tested method to provide mental relaxation, joint mobility, pain relief and overall wellness. CBD oil tackles multiple health concerns of dogs simultaneously and prevents them from aggravating to a state where treatment is inescapable. 

Feeding

When puppies are 8 to 12 weeks old, they require four meals a day. Puppies between three to six months of age have an appetite of three meals a day. Puppies, when six months to one-year-old, feed them only two meals a day. 

After your puppy is a year old, one meal a day suffices his need for nutrition. If your dog is a giant canine breed or is of a breed prone to bloating, two small meals a day do the trick. 

Premium-quality dry food is the best pick for a well-balanced diet for an adult dog. This can further be mixed with canned food, broth or water. Most dogs relish cooked eggs, fruits and vegetables, and even cottage cheese, but ensure that these additions do not amount to more than ten percent of your dog’s daily food intake.

It is always advisable to feed high-quality and branded puppy food to puppies. Puppies of large breeds should be fed large breed puppy foods. Ensure limitations on “people food” since it can result in bone and teeth problems in addition to causing very picky eating habits and obesity in your pet. Clean and fresh water availability 24×7 and regular cleaning of food and water dishes are mandatory. 

How To Decide What Food To Buy?

The dog food label is the only place to look when you try to decide on food for your beloved pet. Reading a dog food label is no different or harder than reading the nutritional label on your cereal box. To pick good-quality dog food, make sure to spot two quality animal protein sources listed in the first few ingredients. 

To make a perfect sense of the label, have a thorough knowledge of definitions of the following  food terms you are bound to spot in the ingredient list:

Animal by-product meal: This is made of rendered animal tissues that do not fall under any other ingredient definition. 

It does not contain hoofs, hide trimmings, manure, hair, horns, or intestinal contents or extraneous materials.

By-products: Non-human-grade proteins obtained from meat by-products of animal carcasses fall under this category. Take caution while purchasing these, as their digestibility varies greatly. 

Meat: Clean flesh of slaughtered swine, sheep, goats or cattle from the muscles, tongue, diagram, heart, or oesophagus fall under this label. 

Meat and bone meal: Meat and bone meal is rendered from mammal tissues and bones. Other than that, it is similar to a meat meal. 

Meat by-products: Clean, fresh and non-rendered parts of slaughtered animals fall under this category. Though it does not include meat, it does include spleens, kidneys, livers, brains, bones, blood, fat, intestines, stomachs, and lungs. Hair, hoofs, horns and teeth are not a part of this by-product. 

Meat meal: This consists of a rendered meal made entirely from animal tissues. It cannot contain manure, intestinal contents, extraneous materials, blood, horns, manure, hide trimmings, hairs or hoofs whatsoever. 

Poultry (or chicken or turkey) by-product meal: Poultry consists of clean parts of carcass such as necks, undeveloped eggs, feet, intestines and guts, which are ground, and rendered. 

These do not contain beaks or feathers. 

Exercise

Exercise is a must for dogs as it stimulates their minds, burns calories, and helps them stay healthy. Sophisticated exercise plans have to be devised based on breed or breed mix, age, sex and level of health of your puppy. Exercise is also a sure-shot way for your dog to avoid boredom, which is often the underlying cause for destructive behaviours in dogs.

Supervised fun and games ensure the complete satisfaction of various instinctual urges such as digging, herding, chewing, retrieving and chase.

Grooming

Frequent brushing will keep your dog clean and reduce shedding. It is mandatory to check your dog for fleas and ticks every day during warm weather. When it comes to bathing, most dogs don’t need it more than a couple of times a year. Cut or comb out all the mats from the coat before bathing your dog. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat to prevent dirt from sticking to the soap residue.

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Handling

Always keep one hand under a puppy or small dog’s chest with your forearm or the other hand supporting the hind legs and the rump. Lifting or grabbing a puppy or a small dog by the forelegs, tails or back of the neck is an absolute no. 

While lifting a large dog lift from the underside, supporting his chest with one arm and his rear end with the other.

Housing

Every pet deserves a quiet and warm place to rest, away from all drafts and off the floor. A training crate or a bed with a clean blanket or pillow is an ideal arrangement for dogs.

Make it a habit to wash your dog’s bedding often.

If your dog likes to spend a lot of time outdoors, make sure it has access to shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather. And a warm, dry, covered shelter when it’s cold.

Licensing and Identification

Every community and region has different licensing regulations. Make sure to follow your community-specific licensing regulations. Attach the license to your dog’s collar sincerely. An ID Tag with an implanted microchip or tattoo increases the chances of your dog’s secure return home if it gets lost. 

Fleas and Ticks

Warmer seasons call for a mandatory flea and tick check for your dog daily. It is best to use a flea comb for finding and removing fleas. Speak to your veterinarian for finding various other methods of flea and tick control.

Spaying and Neutering

You must spay your female dogs and neuter your male dogs before they reach the age of six months to avoid unsuccessful and complicated procedures which may lead to extended health concerns for life. 

Ultimate Dog Supply Checklist

  • Food dish
  • Premium-quality dog food and treats
  • Water bowl
  • Brush & comb for grooming, including flea comb
  • Toys
  • Leash
  • Collar with license and ID tag
  • Training crate
  • Carrier (for smaller dogs
  • Dog toothbrush
  • Dog bed or box with warm blanket or towel

Hope this article helps you to become a successful, loving and caring dog parent. 

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