Would you like to save one of the precious pound puppies? Is a distinguished pure bred dog from your favorite breeder more your style? Getting a dog will give you endless amounts of love, whether it be mutt or show dog. Owning a dog is a lot of responsibility as well, so keep reading to find out more.
Getting a dog is going to cost you some money. When you add up the medical care, food and supplies in general, your costs could run from $700-$1000 annually. Also, emergency care is a lot if your dog was to ever get sick; you may want to think about pet insurance.
Go on and hug your dog, but do not kiss him. Dog kisses are very unsanitary. Dogs dig in trash cans, drink from toilet bowls and sniff and lick various body parts on themselves and other dogs. Your dog’s mouth is not really any cleaner than a human’s mouth. This is completely wrong!
If your dog is coming along on a family vacation, keep a picture of him handy or take one using your phone. In the event that he gets separated from you, you have easy access to a current photo to put on flyers that will help identify him.
Avoid giving your pooch table food. This will make him want human food every time you have a meal. Table scraps can actually lead to obesity and other health concerns. You can keep your dog healthy and avoid any temptation to feed it from the table by teaching it to spend dinnertime well away from your family.
Talk to your vet to learn which foods are appropriate for your particular dog. Sometimes you’ll find that a puppy can’t eat certain brands of foods because it will make their stomach upset. Be careful about which foods you feed your dog.
Don’t get sub-par food for your dog that’s from a bargain store. Generally, food that is less expensive is not as healthy for your pet due to preservatives and additives put into the food. You can get a list of veterinarian-recommended foods from your vet or from animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness groups. Your dog can really benefit from better food.
You have the information you need to properly care for your new dog now, so get ready to show your dog its new home. Don’t stop your research here, as dog ownership details are updated frequently online. Think about joining online forums to talk about dogs with other dog owners. Don’t stop learning; you can learn forever!