As a pet owner, you want to do what is best for your dog even though it is not always in the best interest of your pet. Many dog owners dress them up, feed them from the table, let them control the dynamics of the home and pretty much spoil them, often forgetting the important factors in “pet rearing.” You can speak with your local Rockford-area veterinarian or breeder as listed below or when closest to your home regarding important steps in caring for your dog’s health, well-being and happiness.
There are common mistakes that may dog owners make, not always knowing how they affect their pet. The top five blunders are:
- Many pets are not fed properly. They are either fed human foods which is very detrimental to their health. A dog’s system cannot function and digest certain foods the way that a human can. Avoid any and all table scraps except for an occasional bit of lean meat (without additives) and a carrot. When choosing a dog food, however, you also need to read labels and find a product that is high in protein with no by-products, fillers and preservatives. Foods with the least amount of ingredients is best, such as lamb and brown rice, salmon and sweet potato and other such choices with a high protein meat and high fiber carbohydrate, and choose foods representative of your dog’s stage of life and age.
- Ensure that you dog visits your veterinarian annually and often twice each year for wellness checks, vaccinations, along with the blood tests and preventative treatments against the deadly heartworm disease.
- Dog proof your home and yard for the safety of your pet. Indoors you want to pay attention to a dog’s possible access to any cleaners, other toxins and medications. Toxic plants should be up and out of your pet’s reach. Lay down on the floor and look up through your dog’s perspective. Anything potentially dangerous should be removed or out of reach. Also remember to keep the trash bin tightly secure or out of sight. Too many dangers lurk within. The same goes for the yard. If fenced in, ensure that there are no escape routes. Only garden with safe non-toxic plans (you can find a full list at the ASPCA. If you are not sure, choose to erect a special dog pen that restrains the pet in a safe environment. Keep your pet out of the garage that contains many hazards like sweet-tasting anti-freeze, fertilizers, rat poisons, mouse foods, and so much more.
- Guarantee your pet is always identifiable in case of loss or the pet being stolen. You can choose the typical collar and ID tags but a safer option would be to have your dog microchipped. The microchip is so tiny, that it would be seem like another vaccine for your pet without side effects other than easily finding your pet in disturbing situations. Most people of authority have a microchip gun that can quickly read the numbers associated with your pet’s info. Of course it is important that you register the number with all your information so that you can be reunited with your pet.
- It is unbelievable how many pet owners disregard the importance of their pets health and well-being, including regular vet visits, examinations and vaccinations. Dogs are really good at hiding “what ails them.” They don’t want their owners feel bad since they are so loyal and devoted. Ensure your dog’s good health with regular vet visits and by also being your own detective. Be aware of changes in your pet’s behaviors, eating habits, any sore, irritations urination and defecation habits or anything else that is out of the ordinary so that you can help your dog in the early stages of any disease or illness. For the health of your animal, be fully aware of all its normal activities, ensure it is protect with identification at all times and for safety reasons, provide your pet with a dog-proof home and yard. Just a little extra care can provide your pet with the safest, healthiest, happiest life.
If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at – Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – Petco or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 – Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – CVS Pharmacy