You need to know about dogs. Dogs bring people joy, companionship and unconditional love. Their owners must provide them with food, entertainment, medical care and attention. Together, owner and dog make each other’s lives complete. If you already own a dog or are planning on adopting one, you have to understand what lies ahead. This article will guide you through some tips to make dog ownership easier and better for both parties.
It costs a lot to own a dog. You will have to spend between $700 and $1000 a year to cover food and medical expenses. You should also look into purchasing a good pet health insurance policy to avoid high medical bills.
Be sure your dog is neutered or spayed. Your pet stands to enjoy a significantly better (and longer) life. It’s been verified through research that this simple procedure reduces cancer risks and provides other benefits, too. Additionally, dogs who undergo this procedure are much less likely to wander off and maybe get into to an accident.
Store your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in a safe place where your dog cannot get them. Dogs can have very negative side effects from even small amounts of medications intended for humans. If you find that your dog has eaten any medication, you should call a vet as soon as possible.
When it is time to buy dog food, avoid buying the cheapest brand. After a while it’s good for the dog if it has been eating nutritious and high quality food. Though this may cost you a bit more, you can rest easily knowing that the dog is eating properly.
When choosing a dog for your home, don’t forget to estimate the size it will be as a full grown adult. This is especially true if you have small children at home. Although a small puppy will be cute, it may grow into a large, one hundred pound dog. Do some research on the average adult size of the breeds you are considering.
If you have a pure bred dog, make sure you educate yourself on what type of problems are “normal” for that breed. Take the time to read up on your breed so that you don’t get any surprises down the road. Talk to your vet about prevention, too.
If you breed your dog, do so responsibly. The AKC advises all owners of pure-bred dogs to make an effort to advance the breed and discard all other motivations, such as money or experimentation. Consider the repercussions of your actions before allowing your dog to mate and create a litter of puppies.
Owning a new puppy is very similar to having a new baby. Puppies need a lot of attention and have to be taken care of constantly. They are not ready to be left alone for long periods of time and need to have a fair amount of attention devoted to them.
When you are enjoying your dog’s companionship, you will be so happy you read this article and began to use the advice you read. Protecting and loving your dog begins with taking the time to learn all you can, and ends with putting that knowledge to use. Start today, for your dog’s sake!