It’s the responsibility of dog owners to ensure that their dogs are safe, comfortable, healthy and happy. However, some people knowingly or unknowingly do things that put the overall well-being of
their dogs at risk. Wondering what I am talking about? Here are some common,but risky mistakes you should avoid if you own a dog:
After every walk in the woods, always remember to check your dog for ticks. Failing to do so puts him at risk of serious diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Be careful when
removing ticks with tweezers in order not to crush them. If you can’t get the entire head and body out, call your vet for help.
Not Deworming Your Pet
If you don’t deworm your dog regularly, the roundworms inside his body can cause serious vomiting and diarrhea, which can be fatal if not treated urgently. Therefore, talk to your vet about deworming
your dog if you haven’t been doing so in the past.
Ignoring Ringworms On Your Dog’s Skin
If your dog has bald spots or ring-shaped reddish rashes on his skin, he could be infected with ringworms. Take him to the vet as soon as possible before he starts spreading the fungus to the rest of your family (by touching his infected fur or skin), says expert from https://www.art-dogs.com/.
Giving Him Too Little Exercise
Dogs need enough physical and mental exercise daily to stay healthy and fit. Your vet will help you determine the right type and amount of exercise for your dog depending on his age, size and breed, so be sure to talk to him before starting any exercise routine. If you fail to provide enough exercise, he’s likely to develop obesity, which can lead to joint pains, respiratory problems and other health problems.
Keeping His Food Bowl Full
Your dog will most likely eat more food than his body needs if there’s too much food available to him. And of course, when he consumes too many calories, he’s likely to add massive weight, which puts his health and life at risk. So, filling your dog’s bowl with food is a big no.
It’s much better to seek advice from your vet on the right food serving for him.
Not Giving Your Dog Enough Socialization/Attention
It’s very important to help your dog develop social skills from an early age. In the first 8 weeks of his life, he needs to get used to people, so create time to bond with him. Play with him and handle
him gently. As he grows older, you can arrange a doggie date for him or take him for a stroll so he can interact with other dogs and people.
Also, don’t leave your pet for too long alone, i.e. more than 8 hours. If you do, he’ll most likely get bored and resort to destructive behaviors like excessive digging, chewing, whining and howling. He can also develop separation anxiety if he spends most of his time alone.
So, make sure you leave your pet something to do to keep him busy if you know you’re going to be away for too long. You can also hire a pet sitter for him or take him to a doggie daycare.
Not Setting The Rules
Finally, you need to set rules for your dog as soon as you bring him home. You have to make it clear to him that behaviors such as peeing on the carpet/bed, jumping on people, begging for food and
scratching the furniture aren’t okay. Be consistent in implementing the rules and reward your dog whenever he behaves well.
Now you know some of the mistakes you should avoid as a dog owner.