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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Taking care of your dog’s health

Taking care of your dog’s health is a full-time job, one that requires a large amount of responsibility
However, did you know that choosing your dog’s food is one of the most important decisions you make for your dog’s health
There are many different types of dog food on the market, some of which may actually damage your dog’s health. Here is some information that will help you to be better informed about how to choose the best possible food formula for your dog
The type of food you purchase can depend on factors such as your dog’s breed, age, activity level and overall health
When choosing a dog food formula, it’s important to keep these factors in mind. For example, if your dog is under 1 year of age, you will want to choose a puppy formula. If your dog is over seven years of age, you are best off choosing a dog food formula for senior dogs. If your dog has urinary tract problems, you may want to purchase a formula that is designed to help your dog’s condition.
In addition to this, if your dog is overweight, you may want to purchase a high-fiber, low-fat dog food formula. This is because an overweight dog is prone to many different health problems, especially if they are currently on a high-fat diet. 
Many dog food companies have designed special formulas for dogs that are suffering from obesity.
When choosing a dog food, it’s essential that you pay close attention to the ingredients. As a general rule, the first five ingredients in your dog’s food formula make up the bulk of the food. Because of this, it’s important that these ingredients are highly nutritious, and do not contain any harmful substances. It’s best to avoid dog food formulas which contain corn in their first five ingredients, since many dogs can develop health problems on a corn-based diet. In addition to this, it’s best to avoid dog food formulas that contain artificial colors, artificial flavors or chemical preservatives.
As another option, you may want to consider feeding your dog a grain-free formula. A grain-free dog food formula more closely mimics the diet of dogs in the wild, and can have positive effects on your dog’s health
 Though grain-free dog food formulas may sometimes be a bit more expensive, they can go a long way towards keeping your dog happy, healthy and disease-free

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Should I buy a dog

Should I buy  a dog
It’s hard to ignore a “Puppies for Sale!” advertisement, especially when you’re currently looking for a dog for your home
If you’re looking for a specific type of dog, such as a Labrador Retriever, you may currently be searching for Labrador puppies for sale in your area. 
However, choosing to bring a dog into your home is a big responsibility, one that may require you to make some difficult choices. 
One of the most common questions that requires a quick decision is, “Should I adopt or buy a dog
There are many factors that can influence your choice.
Adopting a Dog
In general, adopting a dog generally refers to a dog that is adopted from an animal shelter. Dogs in animal shelters may be abandoned, given up due to lifestyle restraints, or the animals of former pet owners that developed allergies. Puppies in animal shelters may be from orphaned litters, or from litters of pet owners that weren’t able to find homes for them. Many puppies in animal shelters are the first to be adopted, since a lot of pet owners like to do the initial training of a puppy themselves.
There are many benefits associated with adopting a dog from an animal shelter. One of these benefits is that by adopting from a shelter instead of buying from a breeder, you are saving that dog from potentially being euthanized. Animal shelters have a limited capacity, and may need to euthanize dogs that have been there for a period of time. Another benefit is that dogs from shelters are often spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated and have received basic medical care. This means that you could save a significant amount of money in veterinary bills.
Buying a Dog
Buying a dog from a breeder may seem to be the simplest choice, but it can actually result in a significant amount of problems
Dogs from breeders may have genetic defects (due to inbreeding), and are usually not given any vaccinations or a spay/neuter operation. In addition to this, if you purchase a dog from a pet store, you may be supporting “Puppy Mills”, which do not take into account the health and welfare of their dogs. Even if you search for puppies for sale UK, you still run the risk of buying a puppy that has existing health problems

So, Should I Buy a Dog
In general, adopting a dog from a shelter is your best choice
 It is more economical in terms of veterinary costs, and also allows you to save a dog from potentially being euthanized