11 Sep 2020 by Comet Bay Vet Hospital
Protect Your Dog with These Tips
Having a pet isn't an experiment. You will be the most
important thing in your pet's life for many years. Everything in your pet's
life will be up to you. Here are some very important things you can do to
I decided to start from the end. I added #10 on my list as
#1. This is to show you where I'm going with this, no surprises. #10 is the
most important, if you don't do this then don't bother as much about the
others. It will be like putting a band-aid on a broken arm. Just won't make
1. Keep their vaccinations current.
Work with your pet's doctor to find the best schedule for
vaccinations for your pet. I believe working with a holistic vet is best, if
this isn't a fit for you at least find a vet that isn't just interested in the
profit. It has been researched and proven that giving annual shots every after
year can cause more harm than good, but before you just stop giving shots
please talk with your veterinarian.
2. Always have a leash on your dog when walking.
Cars are a real danger. Even if your dog is trained to walk
off lead you never know what will make them take chase and run out in traffic.
It's better to properly leash train them for those fun walks. Save the off-leash
outings for the dog parks.
3. Make sure your dog has a fenced secure yard to play
and exercise in.
If you wouldn't put a toddler outside alone in an open
unsecured yard, don't do it with your dog either. Think of pets the way you do
a toddler and you will be making the right safe choices.
4. Always have tags on your dogs and cats’ collars.
Make sure the pets wear the collars. Go a step further and
have them micro-chipped. If your dog or cat sneaks out the door and gets lost
the odds are greater of being reunited with them if they have ID or
micro-chips. During the two years I worked at the humane society I saw too many
pets come in as strays that never found their families again. With no ID tags
or microchips, it's almost impossible to locate the owners. There are too many
shelters for families to search every one of them when a pet is lost.
5. Keep them clean, brushed, nails trimmed, ears and eyes
If you aren't able to groom your pet take them to a
professional. Many professional groomers will brush a pet’s teeth as part of
the grooming. Find a groomer who will be gentle and handle your pet with tender
6. Housedogs tend to live longer than outdoor dogs.
It's best to provide a save warm place inside you home for a
dog to sleep. If this isn't possible at least provide a warm doghouse with
blankets. Keep water available at all times. If a dog must sleep in the garage
make sure no solvents are around. Anti-freeze kills dogs and they go for the
sweet taste and smell so make sure none is dripping from cars. If at all possible,
bring your dog inside during winter. Dogs can get frostbite on their ears,
nose, toes or any exposed area.
7. Play and exercise with them every day.
Even if you are exhausted playing with your dog will make
you feel better. Remember, they are waiting all day for you to come home. They
miss you and want to have fun when you finally get home. Just take 15 minutes
to toss a ball or take them for a walk. Remember the saying, if you have put on
extra weight, you having exercised your dog enough.
8. Socialize your dog.
Let them see other dogs, kids, and big people. If the only
outing your dog has is going to the doctor for check-ups, he will be afraid or
anxious of anything new. If you got your dog as an adult and he's a scaredy dog
you can still help him by going very slow. Take him out on walks and build up
to taking him to public places as his confidence improves. Some dogs never get
used to being around other people or animals. If your dog is like that just
accept it and love him for it.
9. Do all the things above and you will help keep your
dog safe and happy.
Skipping one thing for a day isn't going to kill your pet.
Not getting into a habit of doing all these things for your pet can shorten their
life and will make their life very un-fulfilling.
10. Pay attention to what you feed your dog. If you do all
the other things, I talk about but buy the grocery store brand of food you are
not helping your dog. Would you feed your child McDonald's every day? If you
did wouldn't you expect them to be sick more often, do poorly in school, be
tired and crabby and become lazy from lack of energy? The same is true for your
dog or cat. The average pet food is not going to help your pet live a long,
healthy, or happy life. Do some research and do the right thing for your pet.
Find a healthy natural food and prove to the pets in your family that you care
about their health and well-being the same as you care about your human
families. For more help or advice goes to Comet Bay Vet Hospital.