CARING FOR YOUR PET

What you feed your dog is probably the most essential part of maintaining your dog’s good health. 

It is also important to understand that your dog has different dietary needs during his different life stages – from being a puppy, adult and senior dog.

Different breeds also have specific dietary requirements and what and how much your dog eats also depends on his level of activity.  Speak to your Vet to make sure you are feeding your dog the right food and the right quantities. 

 

Regular Visits To Your Local Vet 

Some pet owners think that there is no reason why they should take their pet to the vet unless he or she has something wrong, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Routine visits help vets determine how your pet is progressing through life and may assist in them picking up on any underlying conditions your pet may be afflicted with. If your dog or cat has a serious issue that you aren't aware of, your Veterinarian can usually pick it up. In addition, your Vet will want to make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations; another reason why pets should have routine vet visits. Vaccinations are important because they protect your pet against fatal diseases, and help keep other animals in your house safe (and even you, if your pet has a zoonotic disease).

 

Regular Teeth Cleaning  

Eighty-five percent of all pets have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years of age. Dental disease can result in bad breath, painful chewing, and tooth loss. Bacteria under the gum can travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver. A professional dental cleaning is required to remove plaque and tartar from a pet’s teeth and to assess the health of the mouth. A thorough dental cleaning requires that the pet be under anesthesia. Regular at-home dental care can therefore help improve the health of your pet’s mouth and lengthen the intervals between professional dental cleanings.

 

Regular Application Of Tic & Flee  Ointment 

Flea and tick treatment for dogs is one of the most effective ways to treat and prevent fleas and ticks, especially during the height of the season. Applying flea and tick treatment is painless, quick, and fairly easy to do. While it is important to always use your treatment as directed by the instructions, these expert tips will also help you apply flea and tick treatment correctly.

Apply the Medication Between Your Pet’s Shoulder Blades
Before applying flea and tick treatment, find the area in between your pet’s shoulder blades. Hint, it’s those two bones below the neck. This is the best place to apply flea and tick treatment because it is in an area that is difficult for your pet to reach with his or her mouth.

Apply Flea and Tick Treatment Directly to Skin
In order to ensure that the medication is absorbed, it needs to be applied directly to the skin. Make sure you lift up their fur and expose the skin before applying.

Wash Your Hands After Applying Flea Treatment 
Even though flea and tick medication for dogs is safe, you never know if you will have a skin irritation from it. Make sure to wash your hands right after you apply the flea treatment.

 

Regular Baths - Or How Often?

How often you should wash your dog depends on a number of factors, including his health, breed, coat, and activity level, as well as where these activities are taking place. Dogs who spend their days outside rolling around in things  are going to need a bath far more often than ones who spend most of their time on the couch. If your dog comes into the room and you can smell him, he probably needs a bath. If your dog is covered in dirt or dried mud, a thorough brushing (outside if possible!) followed by a bath is usually your best option.

 

It is also suggested to bathe the body of your dog first and head last, as dogs tend to shake once their head is wet.  Also do not put the soap directly in the eyes, rather wash around the eyes and rinse right away. If baths are part of a dog’s medical treatment plan, your veterinarian should give you guidance on how often to bathe and what product to use.

 

 Choosing The Right Groomer   

  • Get a Recommendation from a Trusted Contact

Experts at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recommend getting referrals from a friend, veterinarian, boarding kennel, dog trainer, pet supply store or animal shelter.

  • Ask Lots of Questions

Experts at the Animal Behavior College, an animal career training school, advises asking groomers about their experience and training. While groomers aren’t licensed, they should be certified by a dog grooming school.

  • Visit the Grooming Salon Before Making an Appointment

Always visit the grooming salon before making an appointment for your dog. During your visit the pay attention to the following: Is the facility well-lit?; Does it look and smell clean?; Are the staff caring and do they handle pets gently?; Do the animals have enough room to stand and turn around comfortably in their crates?; Are dogs and cats crated in separate areas?; Are pets monitored regularly to prevent overheating during blow-drying?; and Does the groomer keep complete pet records (including grooming, medical, vaccination and emergency contact information)?

 

Regular Play Time    

Playtime is important for the physical, mental and emotional health of both pets and humans. Playing with your cat or dog helps both you and your pet get exercise, relieve anxiety and strengthen the bond between you. Just a few minutes a day of play makes a huge difference. As little as 15 minutes a day is highly rewarding to your dog or cat and can help relieve boredom and reduce destructive chewing, scratching or bad attention seeking behaviour. Routine play sessions also encourage your pets to use all of their cognitive functions, and the more your pet uses their brain, the less destructive and anxious they’ll feel. Excellent choices include: 

      Running

      Wrestling matches 

      Swimming 

      Games of tug 

      Hide and seek 

      Fetch

 

Regular TLC Application   

Regular vet checks, teeth cleaning and grooming is important yes, although what pets require most is regular 

displays of affection. They want to feel loved, heard and important. Therefore treating them with frequent 

belly rubs, kisses and hugs is assured to add to their overall wellbeing. It will also make the bond between you stronger and ensure that your pet becomes more obedient and predictable. Pets are vulnerable and therefore require all the love and protection we can give them.