A dog is a man’s best friend. The relationship you can have with your pet dog can truly be amazing. However, there are some common mistakes that every dog owner makes. You may have made all of these mistakes or just the one. But I hope this article inspires you to look at the way you look after your pet dog and rectify any error in your ways today.
Not regularly worming your dog
All dogs are likely to suffer from worms at some point in their life; it’s important to know all about them. When it comes to your dog’s health things like worming should be high on the priority list. There are two main types of worms that can affect a dog, ringworm and tapeworm. If your dog is showing signs of worms, then they are already infected. This could be weight loss, a dull coat, hunger and diarrhoea. Worming your dog on an annual basis can prevent them getting infected with these nasties. Worms can affect other dogs and even humans so essential to have a plan in place.
Feeding them too much or too little
Some owners are guilty of over feeding their dog. Whereas others can underfeed their dogs. The signs of overfeeding could be an increase in weight, a lethargic dog with less energy and potentially showing signs of hunger. The signs you are underfeeding could also be when your dog shows signs of being hungry, a decrease in weight gain and less energy.
It’s important to feed your dog the right kind of food and the correct amount to ensure that they stay fit and healthy.
Do you exercise your dog enough? Can you hand on heart say you do enough for your pet dog? If the answer is no, then rectify the situation straight away. Most dogs need exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Much like we do as humans.
Life can get in the way sometimes, and that’s understandable. But if you don’t exercise your dog as often as you should and you can’t do anything about that then consider a dog walker to help out. Alternatively, make it part of your routine to walk your dog every day. It could be great exercise for you as well as your beloved dog.
General health care
This could be anything from regular flea treatments to the proper grooming of your dog. If you don’t look after the general health of your dog, then you are failing them. Picking up pet supplies can be easy to make sure these things happen. Making things like regular flea treatments and grooming a regular occurrence will help you take care of your dog’s general health.
Their vaccinations are not up to date.
Have you forgotten to keep up with annual injections and kennel cough? Then you are putting your dog at risk. Especially if you use kennels when you go away on holidays or for weekends. A vet will always advise that a pet dog’s vaccinations are up to date. This could be every few years or annually, depending on your veterinary recommendation.
I hope this helps with the general care of your dog.