Now that you are a proud dog parent, there are certain tips that can teach you more about dog care. These are all basic dog care tips that include hygiene, grooming, nutrition, exercise, and such others. Read on further to know how to take optimum care for your adopted dog.
Facts About Dog Care
Nutrition and Feeding
If you have just adopted a puppy, you should keep in mind that they need four meals a day. Those at the age of three to six months need three meals a day and those at the age of six months to one year need two meals in a day. You will be surprised to know that a year old dog requires only one meal a day. But some larger canines who have a tendency to get really big should be given two smaller meals in a day.
While you might be tempted to give scraps and leftovers of your own food to your pet, it is always better to give them premium quality dry food. You can also mix it with water. You can give your dog cottage cheese, cooked eggs, or fruits and vegetables, but make sure that you give these items in very small amounts. Our food generally results in vitamin and mineral deficiencies in pets and hence it is advisable to feed them high-quality puppy food or dog food. Also, for proper hydration, always make fresh water available for your pet. Ensure that you clean his dishes also frequently.
Exercise is equally important for dogs to burn their calories and stimulate their minds. While exercises may depend upon the breed, sex, and age of your pet dog, you can consult a vet to know which exercises are suitable for your dog. Play fun games with your dog that require him to dig, retrieve, chew, and chase. These satisfy the pet’s instinctual urges and also helps to keep him healthy.
The fur coat of dogs is prone to ticks and flies settling in. You need to keep the fur coat clean and reduce hair shedding with frequent brushing. Always keep a check for fleas and ticks as they might cause skin infections. Use flea combs to remove the ticks and fleas. There are many other methods as well to keep these ticks and fleas at bay. Most dogs need to be bathed only a few times in a year. When bathing, ensure that you remove the soap residue well as it will stick to the dirt and reside inside the fur coat.
While inside your house, it is always ideal to get a dog crate for your pet with a clean blanket or pillow placed inside. Clean the bedding often. If you plan to keep your dog outdoors, then ensure that he/she has plenty of shade access in the hot sun and warmth during winter.
Medicines and Poisons
Always give your dog medications that have been prescribed by your vet. In case your pet has ingested a poisonous substance, seek medical attention immediately.
Spaying and Neutering
Get your female pet dogs spayed and male pet dogs neutered within six months of their age. This will prevent them from wandering away in search of finding a potential partner for mating. Spaying and neutering also make them less aggressive, healthy, and calm. They are also prevented from various infections. If you do not spay or neuter your dogs, you might have to take care of your pregnant dogs then and find a home for their babies.
You might need some time to house-train your dog for pooping habits. It is best to train your dog to poop in a particular place when at home and then have it collected in a garbage bag and trashed or flushed down the toile
All these essential and basic tips on dog care will teach you how to take care of your dogs in the best way possible.