Care for your dog

Caring for your most faithful companion can often be challenging. From routine health management to training and behavior, this section will get you started on the right foot for a long and healthy relationship.

Essential Care

Our pets depend on us for food, water, shelter, health care and most importantly friendship and love. Following a few simple but essential tips will help ensure your loyal companion will be strong healthy and safe.

  • Follow state and local laws. License your dog and have him vaccinated for rabies and other requirements.
  • Collars and ID tags are a must. Even the most obedient and well-trained dog may get lost. Help him get home safely with clearly visible identification containing your name, address and telephone number.
  • Spay or neuter your dog. This routine procedure may help your dog be healthier, live longer, and have fewer behavioral issues.
  • Train your dog. Enrolling in a training class can help you positively control behavior and can offer the opportunity to further the emotional bond you have with your pet.
  • Give your dog plenty of exercise to keep fit. Play with and walk your dog at least twice a day. Be sure to consult your veterinarian to be sure Fido isn’t over-exerted.

Dog Days of Summer

The lazy days of summer can be our dog’s favorite time of the year. Following a few simple safety tips can keep Fido healthy and safe so you both can enjoy months of fun in the sun.

  • Never leave your pet in the car. Even with the windows partially rolled down, the temperature in your car can surpass 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. If you can’t take Fido in with you, leave him home!
  • Water, water and more water. Whether you are indoors or out, your dog will need plenty of water in the warm days of summer. Check to be sure her bowl is always filled. If you’re going on a walk or hike, be sure to bring an adequate water supply—for both you and your dog.
  • Don’t over do it. Keeping your dog fit and trim with a daily exercise regime is important to their health. During hot weather keep the pace moderate, and watch out for heavy panting—a sign that it’s time to take a break.

What Every Dog Owner should Have

A basic first aid kit is essential to anyone who owns a dog. Following are some recommendations from the Humane Society of the United State (HSUS):

  • A good pet first-aid book
  • Phone numbers:
    • Veterinarian
    • The nearest emergency veterinary clinic
    • A poison-control center or hotline
  • Paperwork:
    • Proof of rabies vaccination status
    • Coies of other important medical records
  • Rectal thermometer (your dog’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
  • Latex gloves
  • Ear-cleaning solution
  • Nail clippers
  • Adhesive tape
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
  • Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
  • A Nylon leash
  • A muzzle or strips of cotton to prevent biting