Dogs have been a beloved companion of man for literally tens of thousands
of years. Their loyal demeanor, playful personalities, and ability to
make even the bleakest day a bit brighter, have earned them the well-deserved
title of man's best friend. You take them to the
veterinarian when they're sick or need their shots, but do you know the best way
to care for them on a daily basis? Here's how:
Diet and Exercise
One of the most common mistakes dog owners make when it comes to feeding
is allowing pets to eat table scraps on a regular basis. While a cooked
egg, a bit of cheese, and the occasional fruit or vegetable is generally
ok, dogs should be fed a steady diet of premium dry food. People food
can cause all kinds of trouble for dogs, from early dental decay to picky
eating habits and mineral deficiencies, so save them for the rare treat.
need plenty of exercise, just like we do. Lack of exercise can cause destructive or aggressive
behavior in some breeds, and excessive weight gain or even apathy in others.
Allow your dog the opportunity to just be a dog and satisfy their natural
urges to chew, dig, and retrieve.
Grooming and Housing
All dog breeds need to be groomed on a regular basis, though some require
it more frequently than others. Ask your veterinarian's advice on
the type and frequency of grooming for your specific breed. As to housing,
make sure that your pet has a warm, dry environment that is clean and
comfortable. Pet beds, crates, and even wooden boxes filled with soft
bedding material are all excellent options.
For general health concerns, such as heartworm prevention, flea and tick
control, dental health, and immunizations, follow the advice and recommendations
of your veterinarian at your pet clinic. He or she can also give you more
pointers about the day-to-day care of your pet, including obedience training.
When you need a trusted veterinarian for your pet, come to
Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic. We offer a full range of veterinary services, including an emergency pet
hospital. Visit us online or call (408) 565-8601 to learn more.