6 Pet Care Tips Every New Dog Owner Should Know

6 Pet Care Tips Every New Dog Owner Should Know

A dog will provide you with a lifetime of loyalty, friendship, and unconditional love. This is perhaps the primary reason why you decided to adopt one. But in return, you are expected to give your furry friend the love and care he deserves — everything from the right food and shelter to adequate veterinary care.

If you are a first-time pet owner, here are valuable tips to help keep your canine companion strong, healthy and happy.

1. Follow regulations about pet ownership

You need to know and follow your community’s specific pet ownership regulations. In the UAE, for instance, all dogs must be registered, vaccinated and licensed. Also, walking your canine without a leash in public places, such as parks and beaches, is illegal.

For your convenience, a reputable pet accessories shop in Dubai allows you to order dog collars, leash, and ID tags online so you can properly comply with these regulations.

The UAE’s new pet ownership regulation has likewise expanded the list of banned dog breeds across the emirate, so make sure to know this before adopting a dog. Otherwise, you must hand your pet over to your local municipality, and he will then be sent to other countries to find a new home.

2. Feed your dog premium quality food

Deciding on what type of food to give your dog is among the most crucial decisions you must make for your new family member. Your canine’s nutrition will greatly affect every aspect of his life, including his behavior, growth and development, appearance, and overall well-being.

By giving him premium quality food, he will certainly have healthy skin, a shiny coat, a strong immune system, increased mental acuity, and strong muscles and joints.

It can be confusing to choose among the many dog food brands and types available in the market today. But if you know what you are looking for, this can be made a lot easier. To make sure that you get the right food for your furry friend, you can seek help from a reputable vet or a trusted pet food provider.

In addition to food, you must also have plenty of fresh, clean water available at all times. Don’t forget to wash his food and water bowls regularly as well.

3. Take your dog to the vet

If you don’t have a veterinarian, you can ask your family and friends who own a dog for a referral. You can also search online for reputable vets in your area.

Once you have chosen a vet, bring your dog to their clinic for a thorough examination. Your canine’s first vet check-up will become the baseline for his upcoming regular vet visits, which will help reveal any health issues you were not aware of. Remember that early diagnosis will increase the chances of rapid and successful treatment.

The veterinarian can also help you raise your dog properly by providing you with essential pet care tips, especially if you’re a first-time owner.

4. Prevent oral health issues

Your dog is also prone to dental diseases, which can greatly affect his ability to eat. When left unaddressed, these oral health issues can result in organ diseases, specifically related to his kidneys and heart.

Aside from taking your pet for regular dental checkups, you must also take care of his teeth at home by brushing them regularly. Great alternatives to brushing include toys, treats, and good dental diets.

5. Keep your dog lean

Like humans, obesity in pets will lead to different health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, and joint disease. These can significantly shorten your canine’s lifespan. So as you take steps to lose your own excess weight, make sure that your dog remains lean as well.

In addition to keeping your dog on a proper diet, you can also help him become and stay lean through regular exercise.  This will not just help him burn calories but will also stimulate his mind. In addition, exercise helps prevent the boredom that leads to destructive behaviors.

Satisfy his instinctual urges to chew, chase, retrieve, herd and dig through supervised enjoyable activities. But remember that individual exercise will depend on your canine’s age, breed, level of health, and gender.

6. Give your dog comfortable shelter

Your dog needs a quiet, comfy place to rest. A dog bed or a training crate is highly recommended, with a clean pillow and blanket placed inside. Also, make sure that the crate is large enough so your canine can lie down, turn around, stand up, and stretch inside comfortably. If you let him stay outdoors, give him a dry, comfortable shelter if it is cold, along with easy access to shade and clean water when it’s hot.

A dog is a great addition to your home. But before adopting one, make sure to learn your responsibilities so you can ensure that he is always happy and healthy.

AUTHOR BIO

Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.

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