We live in a so-called affluent society. Our consumer behavior not only affects our own lives, but also those of our pets.
Above all, our dogs are often adopted without much prior knowledge and adapted to our way of life.
We have put together this list of what veterinarians warn against so that you and your four-legged friend can enjoy your life together, but that species-appropriate treatment can flow into your everyday life!
The right dog food
We know from studies in zoos that a species-appropriate diet is important for healthy development and, as a result, the lifespan of the animals.
Dogs are and will always be carnivores. They have not discarded this legacy from their ancestors and have not done so to this day. Dogs are not and will not be vegetarians!
Even if you are more vegetarian or vegan, your dog needs meat. Whether with classic dog food or BARF is up to you!
Being overweight is not good
Diabetes has recently become a common disease in our pets.
In the case of fluffy, densely furred dogs in particular, it is easy to overlook the onset of obesity!
Pay attention to the right amounts of food and also include treats in the daily ration. Don’t feed him human food in between, even if he’s begging!
Insurance and pension
If you have taken out insurance for your four-legged friend, you will often find preventive medical check-ups included in your contract.
If you are unsure about new or unusual behavior, which is particularly important for beginners in dog ownership, it is better to ask the vet twice.
Purebred dogs in particular are known for hereditary problems. Many of these can be treated if early signs appear.
Transport boxes and leash training
A visit to the doctor also tends to trigger discomfort and anxiety in people.
It is all the more important for your dog to arrive at the vet’s in a calm and relaxed manner. This behavior is easy to train.
Depending on the size of your pet, start early with leash training and driving in cars or public transport. For small dogs also in a suitable transport box!
Intelligence can and should be trained
Numerous articles deal with the intelligence of animals. For dogs, there are even lists of the smartest breeds.
Intelligence in dogs, just like humans, is a matter of training, practice and challenge.
Take a look at our list of dog toys, for example. Intelligence toys encourage brain development from puppies! Breeds that are considered smart need these activities to keep them from getting bored!
Human medicine is not meant for your dog
Even if we now use many pills, tablets or drops as well as dietary supplements as normal and without a prescription, this does not automatically apply to your dog!
Clarify any deficiency symptoms and necessary vitamins or minerals with your veterinarian and do not feed him your own pills or tablets!
Dental care is also important for dogs
Unfortunately, many dog owners only find their way to the vet when there is a major problem with bad breath in the dog.
Incorrect or neglected dental care is often the trigger for the unpleasant odours. Let your doctor or a professional advise you and, above all, learn what you can regularly check your darling for yourself!
Recognize and correctly interpret pain
Animals, including dogs, like to withdraw when they are not feeling well.
Pain can manifest itself through changes in behavior towards you and your family. A visit to the doctor is essential!
Consider recommended vaccinations
There are vaccinations, you can definitely discuss them and weigh up the pros and cons!
However, vaccinations are not recommended without reason. Active families who spend a lot of time away from home or who travel together with their dogs cannot avoid these vaccinations!
Food allergies are less common than you might think
If the bowl is suddenly not emptied or food is refused, this does not necessarily mean an allergy!
From time to time manufacturers change their formulations and this can also trigger changed behavior, changed digestion, and sometimes even discomfort!
The more time you spend with your dog and the better you observe him and his behavior, the better you can assess how he is really doing!