Care of your dog takes many forms, from daily routines to once a year vaccinations, we set out below a list of things you should be aware of and keep up with.
- Dog Washing
- Feeding your dog
- Canine Vaccinations
- Dog Grooming
- Triming your dogs Claws and Nails
- Check out your Dogs Ears
- Check out your Dogs Eyes
- Check out your Dogs Teeth
- Paws Checkup
- Anal Glands
- Your dogs Coat
- Hips and hip displaxia
Washing your dog
- Place a medium-sized bucket, three large towels and a hair dryer in a warm bathroom.
- Make certain a shower mat is securely in place to keep the dog from slipping in the tub.
- Isolate the dog in the bathroom before running the water.
- Make certain the water is comfortably warm, and fill the tub with about 3 inches of water. Put the dog in the tub.
- Protect your dog’s eyes from the shampoo by using a lubricating eye ointment, which your veterinarian can provide. A drop of olive or baby oil will also do.
- Use the bucket to wet the dog from the head down toward the tail, including the undersides, being careful not to get water in his eyes.
- Apply a small amount of dog shampoo’available at pet stores’to the top of the head. (Do not use dish soap, as it can dry and irritate a dog’s skin.) Be extremely careful to keep it away from the eyes. Lather down to the tail, including the neck and underside fur. If using a flea shampoo, leave the lather on for the recommended time.
- Keep a hand on your dog, because he will want to shake the lather off. Be ready to turn your head away.
- Pull the tub drain and run the water again; adjust the temperature.
- Use the bucket to carefully and completely rinse the head first, avoiding the eyes and inner ears. Work the water toward the dog’s back and undersides. Use your hands to work the water through the suds.
- Turn off the water. While your dog is still in the tub, let him shake excess water off his fur.
- Drain the water from the tub and dry the dog with towels from head to toe. Concentrate on the areas of thickest fur and between his toes.
- Remove your dog from the tub. Turn on the hair dryer to a medium setting, testing the heat with your fingers. Aim first for the thickest hair, running your fingers or a comb through it until it is just slightly damp. Keep the hair dryer approximately 6 inches from the skin to prevent burning and overdrying.
Dog Washing Tips:
- Leave the lather on for the recommended time if you are using a flea shampoo.
- Assign this job only to adults or responsible older children.
- Trembling is not uncommon during a bath’for the dog, that is.
- Your dog may snap at the hair dryer if you hold it too close to his face.
How to Feed Your Dog a Balanced Diet
No single dietary plan can be considered ideal for every dog. Here are some general guidelines to follow that can keep your dog healthy and her appetite satisfied.
- Be sure to choose a reputable brand of dog food. Check with your veterinarian for recommendations.
- Select a high-quality dog food that’s appropriate for your dog’s age, weight, activity level or size. Make sure to feed your dog dry food as well as moist canned food to help keep his teeth clean.
- Be sure that protein ratios are appropriate for your dog’s breed and age. Typically, dog food with 20 to 30 percent protein content provides a healthy balance.
- Avoid overfeeding, since obesity can lead to a variety of medical problems, including musculoskeletal problems, and can aggravate hip dysplasia (abnormal growth or development of the hip joint).
- Avoid feeding your dog table scraps’it encourages begging and may not be good for her digestive system. If you must give her ‘people food,’ put the scraps in her dog bowl after the family has finished the meal. Be careful to avoid giving her onions or chocolate.
- Feed your dog a measured amount twice daily, but keep in mind that some dogs prefer to eat one meal a day.
When switching dog foods, do it gradually over a week by increasing the ratio of new food to old food. This will help avoid digestive upsets.
- Avoid oversupplementing your dog’s diet with vitamins and minerals. Excess dietary supplements cause nutritional imbalance and medical disorders. Some vitamins and minerals are toxic in high dosages.
- Never feed your dog chocolate. Chocolate is toxic for dogs.
Dry dog food
Dry dog food does not clean your dog’s teeth. For that, you’ll need a toothbrush. Ask your dentist if it would be okay to stop brushing your own teeth and just eat crunchy cereal with no milk instead. The action of chewing the dry food may rub off some plaque, but not enough to make a difference. Have you ever gotten chips stuck between your teeth? It’s the same thing for your dog. If you’re interested in his or her dental hygeine, learn to brush a dog’s teeth. If you don’t want to do it, your vet (and even some groomers) can do it. If you choose to do it yourself, don’t use human toothpaste. The dog will swallow it, and the foam makes brushing the teeth a difficult task. They make special toothpaste just for dogs – use this instead. While I’m not sure I recommend all of his training methods, Paul Loeb has a book that gives great (common sense) advice on your dog’s diet, and it even has a bit about how to brush their teeth.