First thing you need to know about dogs. A dog scratching at an empty dish may want you to feed it. When a dog needs to relieve himself, he might scratch on a door. He may glance at you longingly when he yearns to be loved. Unfortunately, your pet won’t be able to express all its desires easily. Keep reading to gain a better understanding of what a dog needs.
You may know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but you may not know the specifics. Chocolate is dangerous because of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine. Baking chocolate is the most dangerous, with a high amount of stimulants. White chocolate contains the least amount of stimulants. Take you dog to vet if he ingests chocolate.
Much like people in the United States, many dogs are overweight. Having a few extra pounds on their frame can lead to a number of health problems, like cancer or diabetes. Many owners simply overfeed their pets. Talk to your veterinarian about how many calories your dog needs each day so you can adjust their meals accordingly.
Store your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in a safe place where your dog cannot get them. Getting into those pills could seriously impact your dog’s health and even cause death. If your dog happens to get into any such pills, call your veterinarian or animal poison control immediately.
When selecting a brand of dog food for your pet, read the labels carefully and avoid the cheapest brands. Your dog will benefit from eating healthy, quality food. You’ll have to pay more, but you can be certain your dog gets the right vitamins and minerals from good sources.
Some dog breeds are more likely than others to develop certain health issues. You should do some research on the dog breeds you are interested in to learn more about the health issues they are likely to develop. You should inquire with your vet about how you can take care of your dog the right way.
Determine your dog’s specific exercise regimen. Dogs have different fitness needs based their sex, overall health, age, breed mix, or breed. Every dog should have a couple 10-minute walks a day around the block. Dogs between 6 and 18 months, active breed or mixed breeds, terriers, hounds, and herding dogs will most likely require more fitness than others types of dogs.
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.
It is said that you can understand dog emotions, and that is really no surprise considering a dog is man’s best friend. Since you have read the above article, you know things about dogs you cannot tell from their body language. Your dog is going to be grateful for that.