Pick a Good Dog Food: The phrase “you are what you eat” also applies to dogs. If you need help in buying high quality dog food, look for packages that have statements from the Association of American Feed Control Officials.
Get Your Dogs Vaccinated: Diseases such as parvo, distemper, and rabies can be very dangerous to dogs. A proper vaccination schedule, starting for puppies at about 6 weeks, should greatly improve a dog’s defenses against such illnesses. Adult dogs will need to receive additional vaccine doses every one to three years.
Take Care of Your Dog’s Teeth: Just like with their owners, dogs need to keep their teeth clean. Not only does brushing their teeth prevent bad breath, but it can also stave off gum disease, which in turn lowers a dog’s risk of developing heart and liver problems. Your veterinarian should have some suggestions for dog toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Keep Your Dog Moving: Bored dogs can be trouble-making dogs, as they might turn to digging, barking, and chewing to burn off their excess energy. Some activities that dogs usually enjoy include walking, hiking and playing fetch.
Spay or Neuter Your Dog: This may not be the most pleasant subject, but dogs that are not spayed or neutered can produce puppies that end up homeless.
Keep the Bugs at Bay: Dogs are great to cuddle with; unfortunately, bugs also like to get close to them. Monitor your dog for flea, tick and heartworm infestation. If needed, consult with your veterinarian about the best treatments for these unwanted guests.