Dogs are family, and we hate to think of anything bad happening to them, but the reality is that our canine friends face numerous dangers on a daily basis.
What are the usual measures that you take to ensure your dog’s security? Always make sure that they are wearing a dog collar, never leave them unattended outside of the shops (no matter how quick you will be) and always keep them on a lead when out and about.
They are all relatively standard security measures that dog owners take, but unfortunately, they are not always enough to guard against threats such as thieves and health hazards. With that in mind, we have listed a number of dos and don’ts when it comes to the wellbeing of your dog.
Do – Check Up on Them
If possible, try not to leave dogs on their own for long periods of time. If, however, you work full-time and you simply cannot avoid being out of the house for hours at a time, try and work in a way that you can check in on your pet.
Heading home at lunch is an option if your place of work is a suitable distance, otherwise asking a family member or close friend if they can pop in and check in is the next best option. Dogs need interaction, not to mention someone to let them out after holding it in for a number of hours.
Don’t – Let Them Out of Your Sight
Dogs are adventurous creatures and follow their nose, so much so that by the time they are finished they can end up a long way from their owner. This can cause the dog to panic and makes them a prime target for thieves. Never let your dog out of your sight when you are out and about as you can never be sure of the dangers around any corner.
This is particularly true in the case of puppies that are especially inquisitive and are more likely to run away. Thieves target puppies as they are more valuable than adult dogs, as they are easier to move on. Depending on the breed of your dog, this can also be a factor how likely they are to be targeted.
Do – Have Identification
Every dog should have a tag complete with contact details attached to their dog collar. Tags are available in a range of designs, as seen here: https://www.pet-tags.co.uk/dog_tags
Ensuring that your dog has some form of identification makes it easier to reunite you with your pet in the unfortunate event they run away or are stolen. If someone finds a dog roaming the streets with no owner in sight, they will know to check their pet tag for contact details to reach the owner, communicating that their dog is safe and make arrangements for the dog to go home.
Don’t – Forget Health Check Ups
It is important that you keep on top of your dog’s health, and that means regular check-ups even when you have no reason to believe that there is anything wrong. Vets will encourage owners to bring their dogs in for regular checks, as it gives a much better chance of identifying potentially serious issues in the early stages.
A happy dog is a healthy dog, and any sign when they are not acting themselves should be the first cause for concern. Seeking medical advice and being given the all clear is far better than putting off a visit to the vets and wishing you had gone sooner.
By following these simple dos and don’ts, you can rest assured that you are doing the best that you possibly can for your dog’s safety and well-being.