Being a responsible pet parent is easy if you follow these 5 Tips To Keep Your Dog in Shape.
We’ve all heard the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This saying certainly holds true when it comes to pet ownership. In an article titled, “How to Curb the Rising Cost of Owning a Pet” The Wall Street Journal recently outlined ways in which pet owners might control pet expenses. We’ve expanded the premise to include the following simple tips to help keep your pooch in tip-top shape as well as giving your wallet a break.
1 - Feed A High Quality Dog Food
Better food means better nutrition and that boils down to fewer trips to the vet. We are huge fans of Organic Dog Food as well as Dehydrated Raw Dog Food. An apple a day…
2 – Learn Basic Grooming Techniques
Take 30 minutes each week to brush your dog’s coat and teeth, trim her nails and clean her ears. Not only will you help your pooch look and feel better you’ll save the expense of going to the groomer. Grabbing some quality Dog Grooming Supplies is always a smart choice.
3 – Keep Your Dog At A Healthy Weight
We know how hard it is to resist those sad puppy eyes, but try to resist over-feeding Fido! With obesity-related health problems on the rise in the pet population you’re better off taking your pup for an extra walk rather than feeding him that extra biscuit. Make sure your pet has a dependable Dog Collar or Harness and of course a well made Dog ID Tag.
4 – Pure-Bred Dogs and Pound Puppies
PupLife recommends adopting a pet whenever possible. All dogs deserve a second chance! However, if you’ve got your heart set on a pure-bred pooch make sure to spend some time researching breeders. Find out what health problems are common in your breed, talk to different breeders and ask them specific questions about their lines and their breeding methods. Talk to other breed owners. If you’re adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue ask for copies of medical records if possible. Try to get as much background information you can - both behavioral and physical.
5 – Spay or Neuter Your Dog
Many animal shelters offer low cost spay/neuter programs to the communities they serve. Spaying or neutering your dog helps reduce unwanted pregnancies as well as reducing the risk of certain cancers including ovarian cancer in females and prostate cancer in males.
With the proper dog supplies and lots of TLC, you can keep your dog healthy and happy for a lifetime!
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