Most dog owners will do everything to make their dog 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. If you do not give attention to these things, it can prove harmful to your dog. Here are some of the things you should never neglect.
Dental care is one of the few things dog owners might neglect. Dental diseases is one of the most common health problems that dogs suffer from at a young age. It really takes much more than giving your dog healthy puppy treats and looking out for gum diseases. You need to take him to a vet for a dental check-up to see if he has other problems like tooth decay and broken teeth. 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. Don’t postpone gum and dental care because he will become susceptible to diseases.
A soft-bristled toothbrush will do the job, just brush softly to protect his gums and teeth from decaying. 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. Fleas can cause skin allergies even from a small infestation. It is important to know what attracts fleas in order to keep them away. What attracts fleas are warm and humid surrounds and what repels them are cold and dry ones. 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. Some essential oils and homemade formulas can also be an effective safeguard since they don’t contain harmful chemicals.
Your dog will eat any kind of food that you give him, unlike cats who are more fussy. Your dog’s health has probably suffered harm because of the poor quality food that you give him.
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. The laws in some states are not too strict when it comes to the poor quality of meats that can processed into dog food. 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.