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Common Dog Care Mistakes

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. Our canine companions truly fulfill and enrich our lives with their love, loyalty, and friendship. However, they don’t come with manuals. Even the most loving pet owners can make mistakes or overlook things. We can help! Read on as a Sugar Land, TX vet lists some common dog care mistakes.

Lack Of Training

Training isn’t just about teaching Fido to be a good boy. It’s also very important for safety reasons! For instance, proper training can help keep your dog from running off if you drop his leash or collar.

Skipping Preventative Care

Vaccinations and parasite control are also very important. Heartworms are a good example of this. Treating heartworm infestations is expensive and difficult, and the process isn’t much fun for Fido. However, you can protect your pooch simply by giving him his heartworm preventative. Keep up with vaccinations and parasite control products.

Poor Grooming

Doggy beauty requirements vary from pup to pup. Some dogs need monthly baths and regular brushing, while others only need occasional baths. Keep Fido’s coat clean and healthy! Ask your vet for specific advice.

Not Enough Veterinary Care

Speaking of veterinarians, Fido should see his doctor regularly. We recommend that all pooches be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Regular exams are also important. At home, watch for signs of illness or injury. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Punishment

We know, Fido isn’t perfect. However, when correcting bad behavior, negative reinforcement isn’t the way to go. Dogs don’t understand the concept of punishment the way we do. Fido may just get scared, anxious, or confused if you reprimand him. Focus on rewarding good behavior instead.

Lack Of Dental Care

Dental problems are very common in our canine buddies. Unfortunately, this crucial aspect of Fido’s care is often overlooked. This can cause major problems for your pup! Ask your vet for more information.

Not Enough Exercise/Stimulation

Man’s Best Friend is both intelligent and active, and can get pretty restless with nothing to do. Make sure Fido has lots of toys, and take time to walk and play with him daily. This can go a long way towards reducing bad behaviors, like digging and chewing. It will also keep your pet’s tail going!

Is your dog due for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Call us, your Sugar Land, TX veterinary clinic, today!

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