Owning a dog provides companionship, loyalty and affection for people of all ages.
Before you adopt or purchase a dog, it is important to identify the breed of dog most suitable to your particular lifestyle and to be aware of the responsibility that comes with dog ownership.
We are happy to discuss with you the many aspects of dog care such as breed-specific medical problems and routine health care needs including vaccinations, flea control, desexing and worming.
When considering purchasing a puppy or dog, there are several important aspects of their care to consider.
Suitable bedding such as washable rugs, cushions or blankets need to be provided indoors or in a weatherproof kennel. A secure area such as a dog-proof yard is essential and your dog should never be left unsupervised when tethered.
Exercise and Socialisation
All dogs need daily exercise and mental stimulation to help avoid behavioural and health problems. Dogs view their human owners as being part of their pack and can develop behavioural issues if they feel neglected or excluded.
It is vitally important that dogs are socialised with people and other dogs from an early age in order to learn appropriate interactive behaviours.
Grooming and brushing is essential, particularly for long-haired breeds. This helps remove dust, dead skin, loose hairs, grass seeds and tangles and it also assists to shorten the coat moult which occurs every autumn and spring. Dirty or smelly dogs should be bathed. However, keep in mind that frequent shampooing can strip the natural oils from the coat and cause skin dryness and irritation.
Food and Water
Nutrition is an important part of your dog's care. A healthy and balanced diet is essential to provide protein to build the body, fats for skin and coat health, carbohydrates for energy, and minerals and vitamins for good bone development and healthy tissues.
It is essential to keep your dog's teeth clean. A regular dental care routine will minimise tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth. Never give your dog cooked bones, as these can be brittle and easily splinter, causing harm to your dog.
Fresh water must always be available for your dog. Bowls should be kept clean and placed in the shade.
Health Checks and Vaccinations
All dogs require a minimum of one health check a year. On average, dogs age five to eight times faster than humans, allowing major health changes to develop in a relatively short amount of time.
The risks of contracting cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age. However, a visit to Mont Albert Vet helps us diagnose, treat or even prevent health problems before they become life-threatening.
Routine vaccinations, flea control and worming are also recommended. A visit is also a good opportunity to ask about nutrition, behaviour and other issues that may be of concern to you.
As the range of veterinary services increases, it is worth considering taking out pet insurance. There are a number of insurance companies which will cover your dog for a proportion of your veterinary expenses.
Please book an appointment with us at Mont Albert Vet on 9890 1728 to discuss how to keep your dog in optimum mental and physical health.