If you’re a dog owner, you surely want your pet to be healthy and live a long and happy life. But sometimes we may do things that can potentially harm our furry family members without even realizing it. Dogs are curious, adventurous and often behave like small children which can occasionally get them into trouble. In this article, we want to explore a few of these common mistakes so that you can avoid these incidents in the future.
we’re big dog lovers and we understand that dogs are a part of the family. Let’s go through the points we selected to be sure that we know what to avoid when it comes to keeping our pets safe and healthy.
Not securing your dog in the car
We always use seat belts for children and there’s a reason for it. Beleive or not, dogs aren’t any different. In case of an accident, they can get injured or even worse. There are a few ways to secure a dog in the car, find the one that suits you.
Bringing puppies to a dog park
Dogs are very social but think twice before taking a small puppy to a dog park. To start with, sometimes dogs can be passive carriers of diseases. Secondly, grown-up dogs, especially large ones, can be very rough when playing and running around, they may scare or even accidentally hurt your puppy.
Neglecting your dog’s teeth
We all know that dogs have teeth. Well, these teeth need to be brushed just like yours do. Seriously, we’re not joking. You should start doing it as soon as you get your pup so that they get used to it.
Some owners think that giving dogs chewing sticks can replace regular brushing, but that’s not true since those sticks don’t clean the back teeth as well as a brush can.
Don’t use a human’s toothpaste and toothbrush. The brush and paste for dogs are quite different and you can get them from your vet.
A lack of stimulation
Dogs need constant mental and physical stimulation, especially working breeds. Regular walking should become a must-do activity in your family and has to be taken into consideration before you decide to get a dog. Dogs not only need exercise but they also need to be exposed to different sounds and smells, it makes their brain work better. If dogs don’t get much stimulation, they may start doing other sorts of self-entertainment like digging, chewing or ripping things apart.
Neglecting breed-specific health issues
Some breeds require specific care of the coat or skin, or regular grooming otherwise they may develop several problems. There are breeds that may have a predisposition to some health issues and if your dog is in that group, you should know the symptoms and always keep an eye out for them.
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