There’s a reason why dogs are known as man’s best friend: they’ve been giving us protection, service and unquestionable loyalty as far back as prehistoric times. In return, every good owner feeds, shelters and cares for his dog like it’s a part of his extended family. It’s a relationship that has benefitted both species for millennia and the bond between man and dog is as strong as ever.
In modern times, most people don’t use dogs for hunting, work or protection from predators. However, the bond between man and canine hasn’t weakened one bit. If anything, today’s dogs are closer to our hearts than ever before. As pets, dogs are very good at displaying affection while us humans return the favor by caring for our them.
Caring for your mutt doesn’t involve simply feeding and walking it. You have to minimize risk factors that can inflict illness or injuries.Here are seven things you can do to give your dog a happier and longer life:
A vaccine is a small investment for the health of your pet. They don’t cost a lot and they can be administered pretty quickly. From there, you only need to get booster shots for your pet once every few years.
Recently, dogs have also been tagged using tiny microchips that contain the animal’s vital information. Similar to regular tags, microchip tags will allow the people who find lost dogs trace its owner and return it home.
Nylon and leather collars are popular thanks to their durability. Even in active breeds, these collars should last several years before they need to be replaced. Most modern collars will allow you to snap on a leash or a tag – just make sure to get one that lets you do that quickly and easily.
When it comes to style, the look is totally up to you. You can choose one with plain colors or you can opt for something with design patterns. If you want something unique, consider custom dog collars that allow you to choose between many different styles, colors and patterns. Some even allow you to display the name of your dog.
The obvious danger with letting a puppy chew on wiring is electrocution. The bigger danger, however, is the fact that exposed wiring is a serious fire hazard. If an exposed and live copper wire gets in contact with combustibles in your household, it may be enough to start a disaster.
In small doses relative to a dog’s size, theobromine can cause diarrhea and vomiting. However, larger dosages can cause seizures, heartbeat irregularities, and even death. No matter how tasty a chocolate treat may seem to you, it’s never a good idea to share it with your canine buddy.
In the United States, rabies is highly uncommon in domestic animals. However, wild animals such as bats, raccoons and foxes still carry it. If these animals are present in your area, try to prevent contact between them and your pet as much as possible.
Stray cats and dogs can also carry rabies. If you spot strays in your neighborhood, notify the local animal control authorities immediately. If you suspect that there’s been contact between your dog and strays, consult a veterinarian right away.
There you have it. Seven tips to keep your pooch safe, healthy and happy. As long as you have these precautions at the back of your mind, your pet should be alright.