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Monday, May 29, 2006

Tips to keeping your dog in tip-top shape

Taking care of your pets is like taking care of the people that you love. Avoid excesses and you will have one happy pet in your hand. Of course, that is easily said than done. What exactly should you avoid and what should you give? Below are some really short but sweet tips that can help you take care of your pet and mayhap even save his or her life in the process.

Chemical complaints

There are many chemicals that are used in households that may be potentially poisonous to your pet. One example of this is the antifreeze that you often put on your driveway during winter. Make sure that you keep your pet away from these chemicals as these could kill them instantly. Make sure that they are out of the reach of not only children but also your pets at home.

Chocolate dilemma

Although we can eat as much chocolate as we want, dogs are not as lucky. It seems that chocolate has an ingredient called theobromine that is really harmful for pets… so much for chocolate sharing!

Appropriate food

Although generally, animals can eat whatever we eat especially dog and cats, it is still advisable to give them foods that are made especially for them. If you feel that cat or dog food is not something that you want your pets to have, ask the veterinarian for some suggestions of food that you can prepare or buy for them.

Temperature trouble

Never forget to let your pet inside the house during winter season. Like people, they also run the risk of getting hypothermia when exposed to the cold for so long. You should also make sure that they are kept warm even when inside the house. Although there are some breeds that can thrive in cold temperature, there are some who cannot abide the biting cold.

Emergency number

If you have 911 on your phone book, make sure that you also your veterinarian’s version of 911 too. Keep the emergency number at a place where everyone can see it and let people know about it… members of the family, babysitters. This will be of great help in times when the veterinarian is needed immediately and you are not in the house

Keep close ties with your vet

Visit the veterinarian every month and have him check your pet even if nothing is really wrong with him or her. This will ensure that your pet is kept healthy and strong. It is better to nip any illness in the bud rather than know about it months too late.

Proper hygiene

Make sure that your pet is well-groomed at all times. You don’t really have to go to a special pet salon and have them groom your pet to perfection. You don’t even need professional service. You can do it yourself. Just make sure that you bathe them at least three to four times a week. Do not forget to cut their nails as this is one of the most basic transmission points of bacteria and diseases.

Travel blues

If you should travel, make sure that you have all the necessary equipment. Pets are basically not allowed on the airplane. They may need some sort of cage while they are being transported by air. There are some airlines that allow for a minimal number of pets in flight. Ask if you can be accompanied by your pet when you make a reservation. That way, they will be able to include you in the count.

 

For more healthy dogs tips, articles, and resources, visit: http://www.charliehasit.com/healthydogs

 

Recommended resource for today: The Complete Guide To A Happy Healthy Dog

 

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