Everybody loves dogs. It doesn’t matter if you break out in hives every time you see a canine, or if you got run over by an Irish wolfhound as a toddler. At some point, everyone looks at a puppy and a little part inside of them says, “Awww.”
That said, not everyone can actually take on the responsibility of owning a dog. These animals can be a handful. There’s the issue of cleaning up after dogs. There are glass doors to keep clean from wet noses (but that wet nose means that Fluffy is healthy, so it’s not all bad.) The pup’s got to be trained on when to scratch at the door, when to let the owner know it’s time to go for a walk. There are lots of different tasks that you must do when you own a dog. Some might say that a dog is almost as much responsibility as having a kid. And, just like kids, dogs need to be kept healthy.
Preventative measures are good to follow. Just because Fido likes French silk chocolate pie as much as you doesn’t mean it’s good for either of you. Dogs also attract fleas, and may be host to other parasites like worms. So, flea collars aren’t a bad idea. However, sooner or later, a dog gets sick. You’ll have to take Fluffy to the vet. By keeping a dog at his healthiest though, he won’t have to make too many vet visits. There are plenty of medications available for canines, and pet meds go a long way in preventing illnesses. Don’t forget though, regular check-ups are a good idea.
If you’re a dog owner, you owe it to yourself, your dog, and everybody else to help your dog be healthy, content, and active. You get a beloved companion, and your dog gets a wonderful owner.