There are a number of resources available to help you learn about pet safety in regards to safe foods and basic animal health. It’s important to establish a good relationship with a local veterinarian that you are comfortable with. Do not be afraid to ask questions and keep a log of all the things you are interested in or never want to forget or lose track of. I like to keep all of the medical records and email conversations so that I have a point of reference. Remember that you will likely have your dog for many years and sometimes what happens at a late age can be attributed to something from it’s youth and it’s not always guaranteed that you will live in the same place forever so you can’t rely on the vet to always keep the records for you. Below are a few links to help you with understanding some safety basics.
- One of the most important ways to keep your dog safe is to teach essential commands. Visit this page and learn from Cesar Millan how to teach 5 basic commands that could keep your dog safe.
- A common misconception is that dogs can eat anything and it won’t harm them. This cannot be further from the truth. Yes it is true that a dog will attempt to eat almost anything but a dog’s natural diet does not consist of many things that humans eat. Here is a list from the Humane Society of the United States of foods that are toxic and can lead to problems should your dog ingest them.
- The ASPCA has done a pretty good job here of simplifying the general basics of dog care.