P.A.W.S.: Some tips on basic dog care | Local News

Perhaps you have had your dog for many years, or this is your first puppy. Perhaps in your life you have adopted a dog – one of many. Owning and caring for a dog is great fun and very rewarding, but also a great responsibility.

Every dog ​​is unique. There is no one way of caring for a dog as everyone presents a different situation. It is up to you to take care of your dog. He gives you a life full of unconditional love and loyalty. In return, he expects you to provide him with what he needs.

Every dog ​​needs a good home where they can be healthy and happy. A large fenced yard with a dog house is a luxury, especially for a large and active dog. Dogs should not be kept outside alone or left there for long periods of time. Dogs are social animals that enjoy company. Your dog should spend as much time with you as possible. Always be patient with him. Make sure your expectations of him are reasonable. Most behavior problems can be solved.

Take your dog to a veterinarian for an exam. Visiting the vet regularly for an exam with vaccinations and blood tests is the best way to keep your dog healthy. So that he can eat properly, he also needs regular dental checks. Have your dog neutered or neutered. Dogs who undergo this routine surgery tend to live longer, be healthier, and have fewer behavioral problems. You will also do your part to reduce the pet overpopulation problem. Start him with heartworm prevention, as well as tick and flea prevention. Give him a balanced diet. Ask your veterinarian for advice on what and how much to feed your dog in order to maintain their correct weight and stay healthy. Nutritional needs change as he gets older. Make sure he always has fresh water available.

Get your dog a collar and an ID tag with your name, address, and phone number on it. No matter how careful you are, your dog can be lost. If he wears his ID, the chance of a safe return increases significantly. His collar shouldn’t be too tight. You should be able to fit two fingers under it. Have it microchipped. That way if it is lost, even if it loses its collar, it can be returned to you. When the microchip is scanned by a veterinarian or animal shelter, it will contain your contact information so it can be reunited with you.

Check with your local animal shelter about the legal requirements for your dog. Find out where to get tags and what vaccinations are required. If you lead him outside his home and yard, keep him on a leash. No matter how well he is trained, you cannot be sure that you are in control of him all the time. Something irresistible might grab his attention and he might take off to see it. Dogs don’t always go to the bathroom before crossing a busy street.

Your dog will benefit from staying physically fit. You have to make sure that he gets enough exercise. Take him for a daily walk or two. It will do you and him good.

Give him company. Play with him. Enroll him in a training course and work with him at home. Not only will he learn what is expected of him, it will be a good bonding time for you too. Your dog will give you a lot of love and loyalty. He wants the same from you.

To adopt a dog, visit the Pittsburg County Animal Shelter at 1206 N. Street in McAlester. The opening times are Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The phone number is 918-423-7803. The adoption fee for dogs is $ 20 and for cats is $ 15. All are neutered or neutered, chipped and vaccinated.

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