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Ways to Be a Great Dog Owner

January 1, 2021

Dogs have many wonderful traits: they are loyal, loving, playful, and, of course, adorable. However, Fido does need lots of love and care to stay happy and healthy. A local vet lists some key facets of great dog ownership below.


Walks

Those daily walks aren’t only important for sanitary reasons. They’re also Fido’s daily workout! The fresh air, activity, and mental stimulation those strolls provide are good for both you and your furry best friend.


Veterinary Care

We recommend that all pups be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on their parasite control. Fido’s exams and vaccines are also crucial to his health. If your canine pal hasn’t been in for a while, let this be a reminder to make an appointment for him.


Playtime

We probably don’t have to tell you that playing is fun for dogs. It’s always heartwarming to watch pooches joyfully running and bouncing around. Playing keeps your furry buddy happy, fit, and active, and helps ward off things like anxiety and bad behavior.


Training

Training is crucial for both safety and petiquette. For instance, it can help you stop Fido from running off, or approaching potential hazards. It can also keep him from eating things that could be dangerous, like that questionable sandwich on the ground at the park.


Petproofing

Dogs are very playful and curious. They also love to eat. Put these things together, and you have a pet that will eat, well, just about anything. That can be quite dangerous! Keep anything that isn’t safe for Fido well out of paws’ reach. This includes things like toxic plants; small or sharp objects; chemicals; and medication.


Dental Care

Did you know that as many as 80 percent of dogs over the age of three have gum disease? Fido can also suffer from cracked or broken teeth, infections, and misalignments. Have your pup’s choppers examined regularly.


Spay/Neuter

If your canine friend hasn’t been fixed yet, we recommend seeing to this right away. This is important for many reasons, aside from helping curb pet overpopulation. For one thing, dogs that have been spayed or neutered are much less likely to go out searching for love. They also have lower risk of developing many healthy issues, such as specific cancers.


Please contact us with any questions or concerns about Fido’s health or care. We are here to help!

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