There is a reason why they call dogs ‘man’s best friend’. It's truly an honour
to win and keep a dog's trust. Owners tend to build a lifelong bond with their
dogs. Get to know him really well - not just about how he likes to chew your
slippers, or what his favourite toy is or even why he hates the postman, but
about dog health issues – what affects his body and how to recognise signs and
symptoms of illness so that you can make sure he is in tip-top condition. You
want your best friend to be happy!
A comprehensive book on dog health is an investment you should not overlook.
Knowing details about your dog’s particular breed and general care would be
helpful. Grooming and skin care are part of the basics in caring for your dog.
Knowing when and how to give your dog a bath or dental care especially if he's
almost as big as you are will make exercise and play far more enjoyable for both
Take a walk down to your veterinary surgery enquire about the treatments and
services they offer, and take note of their operation hours and emergency
service telephone numbers. More vets these days complement traditional
veterinary practices with holistic health care for pets and can use
complementary medicine to ensure your dog’s health is holistic. Vets will keep
you in the know regarding natural dog health products that work to maintain your
dog’s overall health as well as function as prescription based treatments for
They will be able to advise you on which dog care product
will suit your particular dog depending on his size, breed, coat and
characteristics. Remember that different breeds will have unique health issues
and preferences, and your vet will have some tips that would make the first step
to owning a dog that much easier.
Do enquire about the vaccination programmes and feeding regimes suitable for
the breed and age of dog you are intending to keep as a pet. The care of puppies
can vary greatly with mature dogs; vaccination programmes could be vastly
different as well. Many a time, vets will have some literature that will come in
handy. It's a good idea to get all this background information before you own a
dog so that you can be well prepared and can plan ahead for the regular care and
treatment your dog might need.
Most importantly, do build up a good relationship with the veterinary team.
Remember, they are not only there for emergencies - they are there whenever you
need advice, and together, you can make sure your dog has the happiest,
healthiest life possible.
Moses Wright is the founder of http://www.Dog-Diet.net. You can find more helpful information on Canine Dog Diet, Natural Dog Food and Homemade Dog Food on his website. You are welcome to reprint this article if you keep the content and live link intact.