Dog care basics

As a pet owner, is it your job to ensure that you are giving good basic dog care to your pet? As a member of your family, you want your him or her to live a long and healthy life. Making sure that they are taken care of a good way to make that want a reality.

One part of basic dog care is dog grooming. It’s important not just for the look and smell of your four legged friend to keep him or her groomed but for his or her health too. Brushing your pooch every day will keep his or her coat smooth and shiny and can help him or her to avoid having dry and flaky skin as well, as brushing distributes natural oils in your pet’s fur. You also want to make sure that you are either trimming your pet’s nails yourself or having them professionally trimmed. If you don’t, your furry friend could have harmful growths on his or her feet that can cause him or her pain. This should be done about twice per month.

Dog care also involves making sure you are doing your best to keep your pet’s teeth healthy and clean. You should brush your mutt’s teeth at least once a week, and more often if possible. There are numerous kinds of tooth brushes available for pets on the market. The best is the finger brush, which slips over your finger so you can simply rub your furry friend’s teeth and gums. It’s best to start oral hygiene on your pet at an early age not only to prevent tooth decay but also because the earlier you start, the more likely her or she will become used to it and will not mind having his or her teeth brushed.

Another part of dental dog care is making sure your faithful companion’s teeth stay strong. One great way to do this is to provide your pooch with raw bones. While cooked bones can splinter and damage your companion’s mouth and digestive system, raw bones are soft and actually provide an excellent source of calcium. Be careful though, raw bones can be very messy and should typically be given to your pooch outside where they can cause a mess without the hassle of clean up.

You will need to take special dog care pains in the summer months to keep your furry friend’s cool and prevent him from being dehydrated and get heat exhaustion. Make sure you provide plenty of water so your he or she can dehydrate him or herself after losing water due to sweating. You’ll also want to make sure if your companion lives outside that there is plenty of shade for him or her to get away from the heat. Dogs will use their instincts to protect themselves from the heat if you provide adequate shade and water.

There are also special dog care rules for cold months as well. One tip is to make sure that you’re getting your furry friend extra indoor exercise. Many pets do not get enough exercise in the months that their walks are shortened due to adverse weather conditions. Make sure your dog care routine includes lots of play during the winter months so your he or she will be exercised.