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Learning The “Secrets” of Dogs

Neglecting These Things Can Harm Your Dog

If you own a dog, you would surely love him and give him the best care he could have. As a dog owner, you regularly walk your dog and feed him, bathe him and groom him. You might not be aware but there are a number of things more that you should not neglect. Forgetting these things may cause serious health concerns and can be bad for your dog. Here are some of the things you should never neglect.

One of the things dog owners tend to forget is dental care. It is common for dogs to suffer some form of dental diseases at a very young age. There is much more you need to make sure that your dog gets the necessary oral health care beyond what you can do. You need to take him to a vet for a dental check-up to see if he has other problems like tooth decay and broken teeth. It is important to remember that your dog’s dental care should start while he is still a puppy. Don’t postpone gum and dental care because he will become susceptible to diseases.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for his teeth and gums. You can do this by starting with his front teeth and gradually moving into the mouth and brushing over his gums.

Some health issues that are easily prevented, like fleas, are also often neglected by dog owners. One of the most likely result of flea infestation is flea allergy, which can be caused by even a small infestation. Fleas can often be prevented by first understanding what attracts them and what repels them. What attracts fleas are warm and humid surrounds and what repels them are cold and dry ones. If you can’t avoid the heat and humidity, especially during summer and fall, there are flea creams or chewy tablets you can buy for your dog’s skin protection.

Natural treatments are also available for you to use. Products that don’t contain harmful chemicals are best for your dog’s coat, like essential oils and homemade formulas.

Unlike cats, dogs are not choosy when it comes to food and will eat almost anything you give them. This is the reason why sometimes dog owners do not care much about feeding their dogs poor quality food that can be harmful to them.

Some popular brands of food has also caused concern because of their manufacturing procedures and the quality of ingredients they put into their dog food. The laws in some states are not too strict when it comes to the poor quality of meats that can processed into dog food. Sometimes, even if the meat is good, the heat that it goes through in processing destroys any nutrients left in it.

Always ask what goes into your dog food.