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 feedingparticularly 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
3. Overuse of chemical-based products
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
5. Lack of attention
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.