We have prepared a list of 10 things you can do for your dog this month…and every month!
1. Is your pooch an action hero or a couch potato?
If you can’t feel Rover’s ribs, he may need to shed a few pounds. Ask your vet about a healthy and safe doggie diet-and-exercise program.
2. Tag, you’re it!
Be sure your dog wears a collar with ID tag that includes your family’s name and phone number. Collars and tags are essential, but can be removed, fall off or become damaged. Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you. If you want to improve your pet's chances of getting home, microchipping is your best option. If your pooch gets lost, up-to-date identification can help bring her back to you if someone finds her. The DSPCA will microchip your pet, why not ring us to make an appointment?
3. Did you know that your dog has her own personal hair stylist?
She sure does—and that would be YOU, of course! It’s a good idea to brush her once or twice a week. (If she has long or curly hair, you’ll need to comb her every day). Don't forget to get her groomed professionally as well especially when the weather gets warmer!
4. Your dog has her own personal trainer, too!
Yup, that’s right, you again! Spend at least 20 minutes a day playing her favorite game, whether it’s fetch, Frisbee or find-the-toy.
5. Fur sure!
Check your dog’s coat and skin for lumps, bumps, flakes and scabs. If you find what looks like teeny specks of black pepper, tell an adult. Poochie may have fleas!
6. Snip tip!
Did you know that your dog’s nails should be clipped regularly? Your vet can show you how.
7. Is Rover on his best behavior?
A well-mannered pooch can walk on a leash without pulling and understands the commands “Come,” “Sit!” and “Stay!”. If your dog does not obey why not do some dog training classes at the DSPCA?
8. Mean greens!
Keep Rover away from poisonous plants and trees, including lilies, azaleas, rhododendron, English ivy and yew. Here’s a complete list of foods and plants that you absolutely don’t want your dog to eat.
9. Puppies just wanna have fun…
and when they start teething, they just wanna chew. Get your pup set up with puppy chew toys. That way they won't chew your belongings!
10. What’s Up, Doc?
Make sure your pet has been to the vet for her yearly checkup. But if you think your pooch is sick at any time during the year, you don’t need to wait for their annual appointment. If you think your pooch is not feeling well ring your vet immediately.
Information courtesy of the ASPCA