Dogs are truly amazing companions – they provide unconditional love and loyalty. They’re able to sense when something is wrong with their owners, and will often try to help out in whatever way they can. That’s why keeping your dogs safe and happy is so important, and there are some tips that can help you do just that.
1. Secure Environment
One thing you should ideally do before you even bring your pets home is to ensure that it’s a safe environment for them. Starting with the outside, installing a dog fence can help ensure that your dogs don’t run away and get hurt. A fence can provide your dogs with both physical and emotional safety – they won’t be able to wander too far, and they will also get a strong sense of what territory is theirs which means they’ll be less bothered by what’s going on outside. Another thing to look into is the kind of plants you have in your yard because some of the more commonly found ones can be toxic to dogs. For example, poinsettias can cause your dogs to vomit and have diarrhea, while lilies are known to cause liver damage.
As for the inside of your home, make sure that your dogs can’t get into any trouble or danger. For example, cleaning chemicals should be placed out of reach so that your dogs don’t get into them and get hurt. All electrical wires should also be kept away from your pets because they can chew through them, potentially causing fires. Besides that, you should always store all of your snacks and other over-the-counter medicine out of reach. If your dog manages to get something poisonous, make sure you call the vet right away for advice on what to do.
The food your dogs eat is extremely important. Whether you go for kibble or wet food is less important than the contents of it. Always read the declaration of ingredients and try to avoid food that contains too many filler ingredients. You should also make sure they have a balanced diet including the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fat so that their bodies can function properly. The ingredients are often listed on the declaration by how much of them are contained in the food. The main ingredient should ideally be a specific kind of meat and not something like “meat” or “animal”. In addition, you should aim to give them healthy snacks in moderation – too much of anything isn’t good for your dogs so try to avoid giving them snacks on a regular basis.
You don’t have to go to the groomers’ for this, however, it is important that your dog’s fur doesn’t get too dirty. Keep an eye out especially for any dirt in their paws because that can cause them to track it into your house and they might track in some other potentially dangerous substances like pesticides, fertilizers, or oil. To be safe, you should either wipe off their paws when they return from their walks – but take care to dry their paws thoroughly and avoid using any kind of soap because it can irritate their skin.
In addition, brushing your dog’s fur on a regular basis can help prevent matting, which can lead to discomfort and even pain if not taken care of. It can also help you check if any ticks are hiding in there, as well as remove the excess dirt. Just like with people, good hygiene for dogs means that they’ll be safe from all kinds of infections.
Proper vaccination and regular checkups with the vet are a must for keeping your dogs healthy. Vaccinating them is an important part of prevention because the vaccines can stop any infections and viruses they might be exposed to. Regular health checkups for dogs are essential because by catching things early on with routine tests, you can help treatment be more effective. In addition, it can help you get advice from your vet on what vaccinations or preventative measures you need to take if your dog is frequently exposed to a certain pathogen. It’s also a good way to find out whether your dog is in tip-top shape and not suffering from any health problems, such as obesity or heart disease.
Dogs are pack animals and need to interact with others on a regular basis. They don’t always get along with every other dog, though, so you should try to socialize them properly so they can learn how to behave around other dogs. Start taking your dogs out regularly when they’re still puppies – as soon as they get their shots. Don’t wait until they are older because their behavior might already be set in stone by then.
You should be as confident as possible when approaching other dogs and take your dog with you on a leash so that they can’t bite or attack another dog without you being able to stop them. All the socialization means that your pets will understand how to behave themselves around other animals, which is not only a great way to ensure they won’t get hurt in a potential altercation, but that they can enjoy regular exercise at the dog park which is paramount to their health.
Dogs are incredibly rewarding and you should do your best to ensure that they remain healthy and safe. The tips above will help you with this, and as long as you put in the effort required for proper care of your dogs, then there’s nothing stopping them from living a long and happy life!