You obviously love your dog and would give him the best care you can to keep him healthy and happy. They know the basic things about dog care, from feeding and walking, to giving them baths and grooming them. You might not be aware but there are a number of things more that you should not neglect. Some mistakes can be bad for your dog’s health and if not given attention soon, it might prove harmful. I have listed a few important ones.
You might be neglecting your dog’s dental care among other things. It is common for dogs to suffer some form of dental diseases at a very young age. It really takes much more than giving your dog healthy puppy treats and looking out for gum diseases. If your dog has other dental problems, like broken teeth or tooth decay, a dental check-up can much more readily find it. Your dog’s dental care should start while he is still a puppy, if you want to avoid serious dental issues when he grows up. There is no need to delay because his mouth will become very prone to disease.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for his teeth and gums. Start brushing the front teeth gradually and then the gums to ensure that all places are covered.
Some health issues that are easily prevented, like fleas, are also often neglected by dog owners. One of the most likely result of flea infestation is flea allergy, which can be caused by even a small infestation. In order to prevent fleas, you need to know what attracts them in the first place. Warm and humid environments are what fleas look for, and they avoid cold and dry places. Sometimes warm and humid weather is unavoidable, depending on where you live or what season it is, but there are flea creams and chewy tablets you can buy to prevent fleas from infesting your dog.
There are also natural treatments you can use on normal days. Products that don’t contain harmful chemicals are best for your dog’s coat, like essential oils and homemade formulas.
Unlike cats, dogs are not choosy when it comes to food and will eat almost anything you give them. This is the reason why sometimes dog owners do not care much about feeding their dogs poor quality food that can be harmful to them.
Some popular brands of food has also caused concern because of their manufacturing procedures and the quality of ingredients they put into their dog food. Poor quality of meat, sometimes from sick animals, can sometimes pass as legal in some countries. Sometimes, even if the meat is good, the heat that it goes through in processing destroys any nutrients left in it.
Always ask what goes into your dog food.