Whether you're a new dog owner or have had dogs around you for many years, learning about proper dog care is essential if you're to give your dog greatest possible chance to enjoy a long and healthy life.
The most basic area of dog care is feeding. Unfortunately, many dog owners believe that as long as their dog is being given enough food, everything's ok. Too many dogs suffer from brittle bones, bad teeth and joint problems due to being fed wrong kind of food and therefore not receiving nutrients that are necessary for them to grow and maintain healthy bones, muscles and teeth. Foods that contain artificial colorants and preservatives often lead to allergies developing and feeding a dog on raw meat alone simply won't cover his daily calcium needs.
A dry food that's specially formulated to cover nutritional needs of your dog depending on his age and level of activity is always best choice. Cheap foods may seem like a good alternative but are often most expensive choice in long run. Consider that dog will generally need more of cheaper varieties as much of what's in these foods is 'padding' and that padding will just lead to him having more bowel movements than would otherwise be necessary.
Grooming is an important area of your dog's care. All dogs, regardless of their coat type, should be groomed at least once a week. Obviously, some breeds will need daily grooming but even flat coated breeds, like Rottweilers and Labradors should be given weekly grooming sessions.
During grooming session, utilize time to check for any other health problems that may be affecting your dog. His skin should be checked for signs of sores or dryness; his ears should be checked for inflammation or pus; his legs and tail should be checked for any damage; and his body should be checked for unexpected lumps and bumps. ***************************************
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