As a loving pet parent, keeping your dog healthy and safe is probably a priority. In certain situations, however, owners may not even realize they’re making a pet care mistake. Below are three common mistakes that can jeopardize your dog’s health or safety:
- Allowing your dog to ride unsecured in the car. Allowing your dog the simple pleasure of riding shotgun with his head hanging happily out of the window may seem like no big deal, but this is a very dangerous practice. In an accident, unrestrained dogs are not only more likely to be injured, but they also represent a significant danger to the people riding in the car. Also, if your dog survives an accident, it is likely he will run away if he’s able to get out of the car. Keep car rides safe by using a secured crate or reliable restraint device.
- Walking your dog off-leash in an unsecured area. Unless you’re in a dog park or other secured area, walking your dog without a leash is a mistake. Even the most well-behaved dog can get distracted by a squirrel or another dog and ignore a recall command. Obviously, darting into the street is a dangerous situation that can turn tragic in an instant.
- Giving your dog medication meant for people. If your dog is in pain or not feeling well, your inclination may be to administer a low dose of a human medication. However, it’s extremely important to check with your veterinarian before doing so. Some human medications are downright dangerous for dogs. In other cases, there could be possible drug interactions of which owners might not be aware.
Like children, dogs depend on us for their lives and well-being. Be a good dog parent and avoid these common mistakes and you’ll all be happier.
(Taken from website HERE)