Fleas are probably the most common parasites in dogs, as many people don’t treat their dogs for them on a regular basis. There are popular medications like Frontline, Advantage and Revolution, which are effective at keeping fleas off of your dog. However, many people find these products to be too expensive, as they don’t think it is necessary. Wherever you go, even at the park, there are fleas present. If you fail to take preventative measures then it is likely that your dog will always have fleas, and contrary to popular belief, fleas are not that hard to get rid of if you know what you’re doing.
Once your dog becomes infested with fleas it won’t be much longer before your house becomes infested, as they don’t always stay on the animal. If your home is already infested with fleas then you need to find a good product to clean your floors with and start vacuuming on a daily basis. If you do that and treat your dog at the same time then they will go away, so let’s discuss how you can treat your dog for fleas.
Treating your dog for fleas can be difficult; it highly depends on how long the problem has been going on. If your dog just picked up a few fleas from the park or a walk around the neighborhood then they will be easy to get rid of, all it will take is a bath or two with flea shampoo. An alternative method that is highly recommended is the use of Dawn soap, as Dawn will certainly kill all the fleas. If you want to use Dawn to treat your dog from fleas then make sure you let the soap sit on your dog for 10 minutes, which will be enough time to eliminate all the fleas.
When you get rid of the fleas you can focus on prevention, which means you will need to get your dog on a popular medication like Frontline or Revolution. You can purchase these products on Amazon or any other major pet supply company. Also, make sure to keep your yard free of wild animals, such as stray cats, skunks, raccoons, and rats. These wild animals can drop fleas off in your yard so every time you bring your dog outside he will be picking them up.
Here is a video of a vet checking a dog for fleas...
Many health problems are influenced by poor diet, so it is important that you pay attention to what your dog eats. What your dog eats has the potential to either make the dog healthy, or make your dog sick over time. A bad diet for your dog will cause problems such as dry skin and a rough coat of fur, so it is best that we feed our dogs the best diet possible to prevent these problems.
They say that dogs are supposed to eat food that is 30 percent dry and 70 percent wet, whereas most dogs only eat dry food. Of course, you can only purchase what you can afford for your dog and making sure your dog eats enough is more important than making sure they eat the best. However, if you have the money to purchase healthier foods then you definitely should.
Try to find food that is meat based, where the first ingredient on the can or bag of food is a meat such as lamp, chicken or beef. If the first ingredient is corn then you should try to find a different food, and if the food has dye in it then you should definitely purchase something else. Aside from the dog food you purchase for the dog you should try to watch what leftovers and scraps you feed the dog.
Much of the food that humans eat will cause more harm to your dog than good, so don’t start feeding your dog everything that your family leaves on the plate at dinner time. Certain bones, such as chicken thighs, can cause serious digestion problems. Although it is commonly known that dogs can’t eat chocolate, there are many other types of foods that dogs can’t eat, and the majority of dog owners aren’t familiar with these foods. Anything with onions or garlic in it will be harmful to your dog, and those two ingredients are used in a lot of the food that people eat. Also, avocadoes aren’t good for your dog either, as it contains persin, which is toxic to dogs.
The healthiest foods for your dog will be natural and well-balanced with all the nutrients that they need. It is recommended that you purchase high quality wet and dry food, as your dog needs a balance of both. Remember, 70 percent of the food should have moisture, as this is what their bodies are built to digest.
Here is a video about healthy pet foods with Martha Steward and Dr. Marty Goldstein...
If you don’t pay attention to your dog then you might never realize that he even has worms, so the best way to prevent worms in dogs is to pay attention and watch out for them. They can pick them up outside, especially if you have rats and other wild animals living nearby. Outdoor cats are also known to spread worms, so it’s very important for you to get your puppy treated right away. If you just got a new puppy then you should consider taking it right to the vet, as a vet will be able to tell you what to do in order to prevent worms. Some dewormers affect dogs in negative ways and cause even more serious problems, so it’s always wise to get a veterinarian’s opinion on the matter.
If you think that your dog has worms then you will need to bring a sample of your dog’s fecal matter in to the vet’s office, this way they can know for sure which type of worms your dog is infested with. Most worms will cause minor problems for your dog like diarrhea, but some worms aren’t noticeable in feces and cause more serious problems, such as heartworms. So, make sure you put your dog on heartworm medication, as this isn’t something you should risk. If your dog gets heartworms then you will need to be prepared for a humongous vet bill.
In addition, it is also important to prevent fleas from getting on your dog, as when they are ingested they can turn into tapeworm. Basically, you want to prevent every type of parasite from getting on or in your dog. Some people say that you need to worm your dog regularly, while some argue that worming your dog too often can cause more health issues. Also, if your dog happens to hunt and catch himself a wild animal it is also likely that he will come in contact with worms and fleas, so prevention is very important.
In conclusion, you should keep your dog’s environment clean at all times, and scoop the poop out of your yard as often as possible. This is to prevent the worms from spreading, and a good de-worming product will eliminate the worms that your dog may already have. Ask your vet if you should de-worm your dog, it might or might not be necessary for your dog.
Here is a quick video that explains how to prevent worms in dogs..
Crate training your dog is one of the best things you can do for both you and the dog, especially you start when you first get the puppy. To some people, crate training a dog is cruel and mean to do, however with time the dog will learn to love his crate. This is because dogs will view their crates as their own den, where it is always safe and secure. During the housebreaking stage where you need to monitor your dog at all times, the crate is very helpful. If you can’t watch the dog, put him in the crate, they are less likely to eliminate in their own den.
It’s important that you pick the right size and don’t get a crate that is too big or too small. If the crate is too big then the dog will urinate in it (unless he is already potty trained), and if it is too small then the dog will never feel comfortable. Crate training your dog is very helpful when you are trying to potty train the dog, because they will need a place to sleep at night when you can’t monitor them. The best place to keep the crate at night is by your bed, so you can wake up and walk the dog in the middle of the night if necessary.
When your puppy is two months old he will need to be walked every two hours, so the crate is definitely necessary for these long nights. Puppies will definitely wake you up crying in the middle of the night when they have to eliminate, so make sure you wake up or you will have a mess to clean in the morning. After feeding, it has been advised that we put the dogs in a crate for 15 minutes, and then you can take them outside to eliminate.
In conclusion, crate training is probably the most beneficial thing you can do to ensure you successfully house train your puppy. Without a crate, some people will find it impossible to monitor a puppy at all hours of the day and night. It definitely makes things easier, and it gives the dog a place of his own where he will learn to hold it, instead of eliminating in his own den.
Here is a short video guide to crate training with the intent of housebreaking your puppy.
For some people, house training a puppy is the hardest part about raising a dog. Getting your puppy to eliminate outside instead of on your clean tile floors can seem impossible for the first few weeks, but if you know what you’re doing it isn’t that difficult. It’s all about consistency and making sure your puppy knows where he should eliminate at, but this might mean you will be walking your dog every 1-2 hours of the day. Smaller dog breeds with smaller bladders might even need to go outside to eliminate throughout the night, so you might not get much sleep for the first few weeks of house training.
Praise your dog and let them know they did the right thing every time they eliminate outside, but don’t scold your puppy if he does it inside. This is where many people mess up, as they get frustrated way too easily. The puppy will then try to sneak off into a secret location to eliminate, so getting upset over accidents is not the best thing you can do. You want to try and avoid these accidents, and continue to praise your dog for doing the right thing and eliminating outside. Some dog breeds, such as Chow Chows are known for being clean and potty training them is easy if you stick to a routine. Some dog breeds are stubborn and will require more of your time, maybe this is something you should check into before picking a puppy. Find out which one will be easier for you to take care of, especially if you have a busy work schedule and can’t walk the dog as much as needed.
When you catch your dog in the act, do your best to stop him, unless he is pooping. Dogs can stop when they are urinating but they can’t stop when they are pooping, but either way the dog will need to go directly outside so you can show him the correct place to eliminate. After that, you can put the puppy in the crate or keep him out in the house. Just make sure you are watching the puppy at all times to make sure he doesn’t sneak off to eliminate. If you can’t keep an eye on your dog at all times then you need to put him in the crate. The key is to minimize the amount of accidents the dog has, and that is why watching the dog at all times is necessary during the house training phrase.
This video will give you information on how to properly feed and water your dog, as if you give them too much water they will have to urinate too much.