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Caring For Your Dog: The Basics

Dogs are our best friends, but if you have one, it also means that you are responsible for them. They depend on you, therefore caring for your dog is very important. Learn about essential care if you would like, or already own a furry friend. Of course, all breeds have their special needs, but they are similar in the basic requirements.

Food: it must be enough, but not too much, to avoid overweight pets. Pay attention on variety and quality as well. Keeping dry nuggets is a great thing, as it is easy to store, even for long time periods. However, cooked meat and other food types are necessary as well. Remove large bones from chicken as their broken edges can hurt the intestines. Always provide plenty of fresh water.

Medical care is equally important. Dogs should get their compulsory vaccinations in time and keep these up to date. In times of sickness or accidents, veterinary fees can be high, so get a pet insurance. Don’t let your finances stop your pet getting the necessary care.

A ‘safe place’ is essential for them. If you keep them in the garden: provide them with a wooden kennel. Add some blankets and place it in the shade. The ones kept inside need a little bed in a secure corner. Don’t keep them outside in cold weather, but ensure enough playtime outside.

Hygiene and cleanliness: This is another essential factor for their health. Bathe them regularly, especially when the weather is hot. Keep ears and eyes protected from water. Use anti-flea drops as well as worming tablets to keep them free from parasites. Clean the blankets and cushions they sleep on, on a regular basis.

Life should not be all work and no play. Take your time to walk and play with your pets every day. They will be very thankful and happy. Caring for your dog properly will reward you with a friend who loves you and stays loyal to you all the time.

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