Dog Care Tips for Busy Lives

With the hustle and bustle of modern life, it can be hard to find time to give our pets the kind of care that they need. We've all missed walks before. This article highlights several dog care tips to give our pets a better life, a few minutes of dog care at a time.

 

Dog Care Tips for Busy Lives

Quickly tell if your dog is underweight or overweight.

Maintaining a healthy weight for your dog is of paramount importance to your pet's health. You can quickly check a dog's weight by running your hand down his or her ribs while standing. Dogs deposit excess weight on their ribs first. The dog's ribs should be felt, but not seen. If you can feel the undulations of the ribs, but not see the ribs, the dog is at a healthy weight. If you can see the ribs, the dog is underweight, and if you can't feel the ribs through a layer of thick skin, then the dog is overweight. Checking your dogs weight every week or two provides cues about how much your dog eats while you're not at home, crucial dog information for anyone who is away from home most of the day.

Finding Time to Exercise Your Dog

Dog parks are often a godsend for busy professionals. On days that you don't have time to walk, you can often find a half hour to sit on a bench with a laptop and let your dog socialize and play with other dogs. Be sure that you keep an eye on your dog, and never leave your dog at the park unattended. Not all dogs are well-suited for dog parks. Dog parks are best for dogs that are friendly, young, and in good health. If your dog doesn't like the park or there isn't a park nearby, take the initiative to start a walking or jogging regimen for yourself in the morning. You'll benefit, and so will your dog. Information about local dog parks can be found at your veterinarian's office or via Google.

Travelling With Dogs

There comes a time in every pet owner's life when traveling with pets for business or pleasure is necessary. Before traveling, be sure to visit your local vet to get a clean bill of health (and documentation if necessary) for your pet. Attach a sturdy collar with a nametag, or better, a microchip to your pet before traveling. If driving, pet carriers are essential to protect your dog in the event of an accident: be sure to find a pet carrier that you can secure to the car. Make sure to always carry a towel with you for your dog as it can be useful if your dog gets wet, needs a bath, or get sick. It's also worth securing your hotel accommodations in advance of your arrival and, if you have a large dog, inquiring about weight limits on pets. It is also important to bring with you a familiar blanket, toy, or dog bed that can help ease your dog into the new surroundings.

Dog Day-care

Although this may not be the ideal situation for all dogs, dog day care can be a great help for busy professionals. Day-care can help keep your dog happy and healthy whilst you are away. These places can help your dog socialise and keep your dog active during the day. Despite this, it is important to find a dog day-care that is right for your pet's personality. Your dog should not be kept in a cage or kennel during the day in order to ensure that when you pick your friend up at the end of the day, you are both ready to spend some quality time together.

Conclusions

It's no secret that having a small dog can make dog care easier when living in a city and working every day, but if your four-legged friend is a larger pet, the most important piece of dog information to remember is that you'll have to walk or jog your pet often. Any pet can happily live in any home so long as the space provides shelter, warmth, food, exercise, and love.

 

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