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5 Tips To Protect Your Dog!
Your dog gives you a lifetime of unconditional love, loyalty and companionship. In return, he counts on you to provide him with food; water; safe shelter; regular veterinary care; exercise; friendship and more. Take care of these 5 essentials, and you'll be assured to develop a rewarding relationship with your canine friend. Please remember that MD247 offers discounted pet care services through our Pet Assure program, and we invite you to visit the site after reviewing this article.
1. External Identification. Outfit your dog with a collar and ID tag that includes your name, address and telephone number. There's a chance your companion may become lost, an ID tag greatly increases the chance that your pet will be returned home safely. The dog’s collar should not be tight; it should fit so two fingers can slip easily under his collar.
Microchip Identification. Have your dog microchipped by your veterinarian. Microchip identification will ensure that your dog will be returned to you if he is lost, even if he loses his collar. When scanned by a veterinarian or animal shelter, your phone number, address and other vital information will show and you can be contacted.
2. Follow local laws for licensing your dog and vaccinating him for rabies. Check with your local animal shelter or humane society for information regarding legal requirements, where to obtain tags and where to have your pet vaccinated.
3. Follow the simple rule of “off property, on leash.” Even a dog with a valid license, rabies tag and ID tag should not be allowed to roam outside of your home or fenced yard. It is best for you, your community and your dog to keep your pet under control at all times.
4. Give your dog proper protection. A fenced yard with a doghouse is a bonus, especially for large and active dogs; however, dogs should never be left outside alone or for extended periods of time. Dogs need and crave companionship and should spend most of their time with their family, not alone outside.
5. Take your dog to the veterinarian for regular check-ups. If you do not have a veterinarian, ask your local animal shelter or a pet-owning friend for a referral and check out our information on choosing a veterinarian.
Join us for our next article discussing the "final five essentials" for dog owners!
Posted by: Michelle Germann
Created on: Sun 08 July 2012 20:16
Last modified: Thu 11 October 2012 09:37
This article was posted in Pet Care