Responsible Dog Ownership Month

September is officially Responsible Dog Ownership Month! This is a perfect time to go over some important aspects of Fido’s care. Read on as a local San Jose, CA vet discusses some key points of responsible dog ownership.

Training

All pups should know common doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. If Fido doesn’t have these basics down, he may need to go back to school!

Veterinary Care

Fido should see the vet at least once a year. Regular exams are very important to your pet’s health, as is keeping up with your pup’s vaccines and parasite control products. Your furry pal should also be microchipped and spayed or neutered. In between visits, watch for any signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Grooming

All dogs have different grooming needs. Some pups need regular brushing and bathing, while other pooches may only need the occasional beauty treatment. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Doggy Comforts

Sometimes small things can make a big difference! Make sure Fido has a comfy bed to sleep in, and limit his outdoor time in hot weather. Paw care is also important: keep those nails clipped, and try to avoid walking your dog on hot tar or sand.

Safety and Security

Taking some basic precautions will help keep Fido safe and sound. Do some puppyproofing, and remove potentially-hazardous items like toxic plants, household chemicals, plastic bags, and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure, and offer Fido plenty of shade and water. Ask your vet for more information.

Stimulation

Dogs can get bored and restless with nothing to do. Make sure that Fido has plenty of fun toys to play with. Your canine buddy will also appreciate regular changes of scenery. Change up your doggy-walking route sometimes, or take your pup on a fun trip to a park.

Tail Wags

Dogs offer us unconditional love and loyalty, staying by our sides through good times and bad. Fido doesn’t ask for much in return: snacks, belly rubs, and the occasional word of praise will all get that tail wagging. Pay lots of attention to your furry best friend, and spend time with him daily.

Is your canine buddy overdue for vaccines or an exam? Contact us, your local San Jose, CA animal hospital, anytime!

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