A pet can be a great addition to any home, but without proper care, your pet may lose its meaning. Whether you're a first-time adopter or an experienced pet keeper, it's essential to keep its health and happiness a top priority. Here are useful tips for all pet keepers. If you're considering bringing home a new dog, adoption is the best option.
Proper Dog Handling
After acquiring your puppy from your preferred online pet store, the next thing is to learn the basic techniques of carrying a puppy correctly. To carry a small dog, place one hand under the dog's chest, with either your forearm or other hand supporting the hind legs and rump. It is unacceptable to lift your puppy or small dog by the forelegs, tail, or back of the neck. When carrying a large dog, lift from the underside, while supporting his chest with one arm and his rear end with the other arm.
Often keep in mind that the dog needs a warm, quiet place to rest. It is also ideal for including the dog bed or training crate, with a clean blanket. Remember to wash the dog's bedding regularly. If your dog will be spending a lot of time outdoors, provide shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather, and a warm, dry, covered shelter when it's so cold. Always keep your dog clean and reduce shedding with frequent brushing. Check and remove all fleas and ticks daily during warm weather, before bathing the dog, comb and remove all mats from the coat.
Medicines and Poisons
Never give any drug to your dog before a veterinarian has prescribed it. If you suspect that your animal has ingested a poisonous substance, immediately call your veterinarian for 24-hour animal poison information. Female dogs should be spayed, and male dogs neutered within six months of age. Remember to regularly inspect your dog for ticks and fleas and use a flea comb to remove flea. With several new methods of flea and tick control, you can have a discussion with your veterinarian about the best options.
Proper Feeding and Nutrition
The small dogs between eight to twelve weeks old should be given four meals a day. Feed young dogs aged between three to six months old three meals daily. Those between six months to one year should be given two meals a day. However, with bigger dogs, i.e. when it attains one year. One meal a day becomes sufficient. For some dogs, such as larger canines or those prone to bloat, it's better to feed two smaller meals. Premium-quality dry food offers a well-balanced diet for adult dogs and maybe mixed with either water, broth, or canned food. A dog from an online pet store may enjoy cottage cheese, cooked egg, or fruits, and vegetables, but remember that any such additions should not total more than ten percent of his daily food intake. Young dogs are fed on high-quality, brand-name puppy food. Clean and freshwater needs to be available at all times and remember to clean food and water dishes frequently.