Pets have become a very important part of our everyday life. Years back pets were used primarily for work, such as guarding our homes and properties, driving cattle or keeping the rodent population in check. Our furry friends still do work for us but the majority of pets these days are part of our homes and our hearts.
If you’re like me, then when your pet gets sick it makes your day miserable and all you do is worry about them. They have become as close to us as any member of the family. We all spend great sums of money on food, treats, toys, and clothing, not to mention vet bills. Here are some pet tips for dogs!
Tips for outdoor dogs.
In cold climates make sure the dog house is off the ground, it helps keep the cold from coming up through the floor. I attach treated 4×4 to the bottom of the house laying flat of course and cut 2-inch rigid foam so that it fits tight enough where you don’t have to fasten it with screws. (foam goes under house tight to the floor) I finish it off with fluffed up straw inside the dog house and then bank snow up around the back and sides of the house up to the roof.
The amount of daily food depends on where you live. If you live in Canada or Alaska then I would double the amount of food that the dog food bag recommends and mix it in a small bucket with warm water and soak for 20 minutes. Extra fat from tallow or lard can be added to bucket also. Extra food and fat help generate heat to keep the dog warmer. Don’t forget the water!
Some dog breeds have a thicker winter coat than other breeds so a dog jacket can be quite helpful as well as booties for their feet. You don’t want to put a small dog outside in the winter up north. Common sense goes a long way when caring for a pet. When you go outside in the winter to feed your dog check the ears, feet, and snout for possible frostbite.
The majority of these tips are for areas where the outside temperature in the winter is between 20 degrees above zero to minus 70 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. For warmer climates, you can add 25% more food according to your dog food bag instructions. Straw for the house and maybe a lite dog jacket might do depending on your dog breed.
In hot climates be sure to have some shade for your dog to lay under and have plenty of cold water available at all times. Warm areas are notorious for parasites in outdoor pets so be on the lookout for them. Parasites would include ticks, fleas, ear mites and worms in the feces. Other than an annual checkup at your local vet, warm weather outdoor dogs have a much easier life than dogs up north.
Quality of food is very important for your dog, the better the food the healthier the dog. The extra money spent on high-quality food could decrease your vet bill in the long run. With all the chemicals in human food, I do not recommend giving a dog any table-scraps at all!
Bones are good for a dog’s teeth, but after I had to pry a bone from between my dogs left jaw I do not give them any more bones after that. She could not eat or drink water at all. If I did not notice her situation then she probably would not live past 3-4 days. It had taken about half my strength just to remove the bone from her jaw. A good quality dog biscuit is now used.
I hope these tips are helpful for you and your dog. I will be adding more blogs concerning our pets and their needs as days go by. Next blog will be on our feline friend the cat.
If there are any questions that you want to be answered concerning your pet then please leave your comment below and I will do my best to find your answers.