Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Health Mistakes Dog Owners Make

WebMD asked veterinarians what were the most common health mistakes dog owners make? Most pet owners want what is best for their dogs, yet sometimes they make serious mistakes. According to the vets polled, here are five of the most common mistakes.


  1. Not Getting Preventive Care - This is by far the most mistake dog owners make. Yearly exams are essential for your pet's health and, most importantly, allow your vet to catch problems early.

  2. Neglecting Dental Care - Dogs need regular dental care for the same reason we do: to prevent gum disease. A fact not realized by most pet owners - gum disease is five times as common in dogs as people. Daily brushing and good quality food are key ingredients in a general dental plan for your dog.

  3. Overfeeding -Overweight or obese dogs are at greater risk for arthritis and other orthopaedic issues, as well as other health problems. Talk to your vet. Together choose a quality food and establish feeding patterns. Get tips on exercise and treats. An important aspect of treats, according to leading trainers, is, as a rule, most treats are too large.

  4. Sharing Medication - A dangerous health mistake owners make is giving dogs human medications. Pain medications like Advil, Tylenol, and Ibuprofen can be extremely toxic to dogs. Just like with children, always keep medications secure and always consult your vet before administering any type of medicine.

  5. Delaying Critical Care - Humans often adopt a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to medical care. That could end up fatal if applied to a dog. Dogs instinctively hide any infirmities. Don't wait to see if a health problem in your dog gets better on its own. Call your vet if you notice any changes in your dog's behavior or eating, they vomit, act lethargic, has diarrhea or runs a fever.

Hopefully you are not making any of these mistakes with your dogs. If you are, and your dog is still healthy, you might want to consider yourself fortunate and start helping your dog lead a long and healthier life.

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