Dogs have been considered mans’ best friend for thousands of years. Humans aren’t nearly as good to dogs sometimes. You want to take good care of your doggy companion, don’t you? Here are some facts for you as a responsible dog ‘parent’.
1) Did you know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs? Here’s the scoop: Chocolate is dangerous because of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine. Baking chocolate is the most dangerous, with a high amount of stimulants. White chocolate contains the least amount of stimulants. Take your dog to the vet IMMEDIATELY if he ingests chocolate.
2) Always take care to keep your dog cool while traveling during the summer by car. Even with your air-conditioning on, the dog may become over-heated in his pet carrier. A simple and low-cost countermeasure is freezing a few gallon jugs of water and placing them near him where he can curl up and cool off.
3) NEVER leave your dog unattended in your car. Temperatures in your car can reach well over 100 degrees even in the shade in the summer, and it’s not only unnecessary, it’s cruel. Many states have passed laws making this practice illegal as well.
4) Do you have a “wrinkly” dog, like a Bulldog or Shar Pei? If so, you have to be conscientious about the grooming process in order to help keep your pet clean. After you brush, take a baby wipe and use it to get in between the folds on their body. Make sure, though, to get them fully dry after doing so.
5) If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, he or she may eventually come in contact with a skunk. If he gets sprayed, mix together one teaspoon of dish-washing detergent, a fourth a cup of baking soda and a quart of hydrogen peroxide solution (but make sure it is no more than three percent). Apply the mixture to your dog’s coat and allow it to sit for five minutes. Wash your dog off well afterward.
6) Never try to force your dog to eat things. If your dog doesn’t like a treat you give him, let it go. When you first get a dog, you should take some time to get to know what she likes and what she dislikes.
7) Although you may find the sound cute, your dog’s nails shouldn’t click along the floor when it walks. That’s a sign that the nails are too long. The nails should actually just barely touch the ground. Seek the advice of a professional on what tools are the best for giving your dog a pedicure.
8) Your dog should not be left outside all the time. This is common for people to do, but dogs need interaction with others. If your dog is alone outside, it will quickly get lonely. Daily walks, weekly visits to the local dog park, and occasional extra training sessions are all welcome events for your dog to participate in with you.
9) In addition to the need for socializing, you should not leave a dog to fend for himself in heavy rainstorms or very cold weather. Bring the dog indoors until the inclement weather passes. Some dogs get scared by loud events nearby, such as Fourth of July fireworks. Always have your dog indoors during events like these!
All in all, dogs are great companions, and they deserve good care from us, their humans. Spend some extra time with your dog today!
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With Grace and Gratitude
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