Here at PuppyMatch4You.com, we like to tell you of problems your puppy may have, how to fix them and how to avoid them.  It’s rare for us to blame ourselves for some things but we decided to switch it up today!

As a dog owner, the health, well-being and overall comfort of your pup is completely and totally in your hands.  It is your responsibility to ensure your dog is safe, well cared for, fed, loved, etc, etc.  But there are those little things that some dog owners don’t do or forget to do and we have them here to be sure you’re not one of those owners!

1.       Leaving Out the Nutrients.  Many dog owners do not know of the importance of feeding their dogs a well-balanced diet.  Dogs need regular nutrients just as we do so it is very important to be sure the dog food your dog is eating is of the highest quality.  While these foods are a bit more expensive, it is more than worth it in the long run not only to cut on vet bills but to have a longer, happier life with your puppy.

2.       Regular Monitoring of Your Dog.  Seeing your dog every day makes it difficult to notice those subtle changes that could be health related.  It is important to always keep an eye on your dogs urine, feces and drinking and eating habits to ensure there is nothing amiss.  Animals hide their illness so well that, by the time we notice, it may be too late.  Knowing your dog and their behavior can be the best way to keep him healthy.

3.       Mo’ Running, Mo’ Problems.  Even if your dog is well-trained and doesn’t ever leave the yard, it is not safe to let your dog run loose.  It just takes one rabbit to lure them out on to the road or one spilled bottle of anti-freeze to put your puppy in harm.  Always keep your dog on a leash or in a fenced in yard.  This will limit his chances of getting struck by a car or ingesting toxins.

4.       Dog Proofing.  Those dog owners that have notoriously destructive dogs have their house locked up better than bank security to make sure their belongings are not within reach of their little devil.  Many new dog owners do not take these precautions into consideration.  All medications, cleaning solutions, chemicals, small items and toys and anything else your dog can ingest should be set up or locked away.  It only takes one small pill or chewing the wrong bottle to spell out serious danger for your dog.

5.       Missing Yearly Vet Exams.  You may think, “Oh, my dog is perfectly healthy.  He doesn’t need to be checked out by the vet.  I’ll know if there’s something wrong”.  This is not always true.  Yearly exams are important to your dog’s health to check blood, bones, joints, eyes, teeth and other things you may not notice or think of.  Their vaccinations are also very important.  You never know if a quick trip to the pet store will end in a terrible case of kennel cough.

6.       No Tags.  Believe it or not, some dog owners do not have current, or any, tags for their dogs.  We always think our dog will never run away or get lost, but it happens.  Having current and up-to-date tags or a microchip is the best and most effective way of being reunited with your pup.  No tag or microchip can mean your pup is stuck in a shelter with little chance of being found.

Moral of the story – don’t just be a dog owner, be a smart dog owner.  Our puppies can’t tell us when they don’t feel well or that they’re missing something in their food or that they ate that entire chocolate cake you were saving for later.  Our dogs are our responsibility and we need to be sure they are in the best hands.

Six Biggest Mistakes You Can Make as a Dog Owner