Tuesday, February 23, 2016

6 Ways You May Be Killing Your Dog

6 Ways You May Be Killing Your Dog

Taking care of dogs entails a lot of hard work. Unfortunately, as much as we try, there are still times where we still fall short of our responsibilities and obligations as dog parents. Whether you are new to having a dog at home or have been living with one for years, here are some of the things that you do and don’t do that could be harming your pet.



1. Low-quality feeding

low quality dog food
The cost of dog foods, particularly those from high-quality brands, can take up most of your dog’s allowance. While dog foods with low quality ingredients can save you a certain amount of money, they can actually be harmful for your dog in the long run.

Aside from that these foods can’t meet your dog’s nutritional requirements, some of their contents can pose health threats, too. A high amount of fat and salt, for example, can cause kidney and liver damages. Some of them may even cause allergies and skin diseases.

2. Missing vaccinations

missing dog vaccinations
As infectious diseases are the most common causes of dog’s death, it’s a wise move if you can keep your dog’s vaccinations up to date. In general, the costs of these vaccines are typically way lower than the amount of money you’ll spend on medicines and hospitalization fees in case your dog does get sick. As the cliche goes, prevention is always better than cure, right?


3. Overuse of chemical-based products

dog ticks
While it’s a good idea to keep everything at home squeaky clean, you also have to consider the fact that some of your dog’s primal behaviors include biting and licking. Cleaning his toys and feedings bowls with strong cleaning agents can leave residues which, when ingested, may not only be harmful but really fatal to your dog.

When using a tick or flea product, it can help if you study the brand and the product first. Read the ingredients to see if there are any toxic ingredients that may not be good for your dog. This idea shouldn’t be limited to cleaning and flea products. In fact, when buying anything for your dog, it’s best if you can go for all-natural and organic products.

4. Skipping exercise

dogs lack of exercise
Denying your dog his daily short walk in the park can affect his health in the long run. Obesity, blood sugar and even his joints can suffer when there’s not enough physical activity. Aside from these health issues, skipping exercise can also result in unwanted behaviors in your dog. It can lead to boredom, hyperactivity and even aggression.


5. Lack of attention

lack of attention to dogs
Dogs can also suffer from depression. They may show disinterest in food, play or even a good belly rub. If you’re too busy to give your dog proper attention, it’s also possible for him to misbehave. He may have small accidents at home or chew on your furniture because he’s feeling bored and unhappy.

Other than these things, dogs that aren’t given proper attention are also prone to poor hygiene. This can mean extra long nails, tangled fur and even obesity.

6. Self-Medication

self medicating dog
While the internet can look like a big treasure chest of answers, there are some things better left in the hands of professionals. This is particularly true with your dog’s health. Instead of searching for answers online or creating your own treatment plan, you should take him to the vet immediately. Delaying medical attention, particularly if your dog isn’t feeling really well, won’t only put his health at risk but his life as well.

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