If you own a dog, you would surely love him and give him the best care he could have. As a dog owner, you regularly walk your dog and feed him, bathe him and groom him. However, some things are easier forgotten than others. 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.
One of the things dog owners tend to forget is dental care. Dental diseases is one of the most common health problems that dogs suffer from at a young age. There is much more you need to make sure that your dog gets the necessary oral health care beyond what you can do. 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. So while he is still a puppy, it is important that you start his dental care. 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. Brush the front teeth then gradually move into his mouth making sure you also brush his gums gently.
It might sound unusual but many dog owners have overlooked fleas, because this health issue can be easily prevented. The problem with fleas is that they cause skin allergies, so even a little flea infestation can turn into a serious one. Fleas can often be prevented by first understanding what attracts them and what repels them. Fleas generally love warm and humid environments and hate cold and dry surrounds. There are seasons when it is impossible to avoid having hot and humid weather, on these days you need to use flea creams or chewy tablets to keep fleas away.
Natural treatments are also available for you to use. 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, however, has led to dog owners feeding their dogs stuff that may be harmful to his health.
Some concern has also been raised with some popular brands on how they process their dog food and what ingredients they put in them. Sometimes it can pass as legal in some countries for poor quality meat, from sick animals, to be put in dog food. But even good quality meat, when it passes through intense heat can lose a lot of nutrients before it is completely processed.
You should be aware of these things.