September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month. Having a dog definitely entails lots of fun and cute moments, but it’s also lots of work. Fido requires quite a lot of care to stay happy and healthy. A veterinarian offers a few key ‘pointers’ on dog care in this article from Armitage Animal Hospital, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic.
Do Your Research
Taking some time to read up on Man’s Best Friend can prove invaluable when it comes to knowing the do’s and don’ts of dog care. It’s also important to do breed research. Fido’s breed can play a huge role in his behavior, and it can also affect his care needs. For instance, a large dog and a Pomeranian will have very different diets and exercise needs. If your pooch is a mutt, consider doing a doggy DNA test.
Keep Up With Veterinary Care
Health care is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Fido should be fixed and microchipped, which are one-time procedures. Your furry bff will also need to come in at least once a year for vaccines and boosters, exams, and panels.
Offer Stimulation And Enrichment
Sitting around with nothing to do but stare at the walls isn’t great for human mental health, and it’s not good for Fido, either. Offer your canine pal lots of fun toys. Daily walks are great for both exercise and enrichment. Training, walks, and play sessions also help keep your furry friend active, and prevent the dreaded bored doggy blues.
Provide Positive Reinforcement
Fido is a wonderful pet, but he does have a penchant for mischief. If your canine buddy does something wrong, don’t punish him. That may just scare him! Focus on rewarding him for being good.
Put Safety First
Our canine companions are playful, curious, active, and protective, which can be as dangerous as it is cute. Fido doesn’t know what’s unsafe for him, so it’s up to you to protect him. There are a lot of factors to that. Petproofing can help prevent accidents at home, while sturdy fences and leashes can keep your pooch from slipping off. Ask your vet for more information.
Keep Fido Happy
Toys, treats, and belly rubs are all great, but what your pup really needs most is love and time with you. Carve out lots of quality time with your furry best friend!
Please contact Armitage Animal Hospital, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!