When you consider owning a dog, you must also consider the price you pay for food. It is important to choose a well-balanced food that contains the vitamins and minerals your pet needs to ensure it remains healthy. A well-balanced food provides the building materials your dog needs to build muscle.
While you might be tempted to select a dog food based on price alone, remember it could be your puppy’s life at stake. By spending a little more on food, you can ensure your pet remains healthy to provide you with the companionship and happiness a pet can give.
When you select a pet food products, choose those that are made from high-quality raw materials. Those raw materials are the source of the correct balance of nutrients that can prevent your pet from becoming ill. If you skimp on the quality of food, you may soon find your savings are lost due to higher vet bills when your dog gets sick. A better way is to provide good food so it stays well, even though you spend more money.
Dog foods that employ modern technologies in their preparation may cost a little more at the store. However, the manufacturers of these foods provide safety features such as sterilization of cans and freeze drying or air drying of the ingredients for a safer product.
In most cases, you will find canned items are significantly more expensive than bagged ones. When starting a new food, watch your dog for any signs of allergies due to the foods. Cheaper foods are more likely to cause a reaction. However, it is possible to save money by choosing less expensive N/A products that ensure high quality food for your dog.
Most manufacturers print the dog food price directly on the label, making it easier for consumers to know the cost. This can eliminate problems in making the right decision for your pet.
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You may be surprised to learn that cats, horses and wolves can all be affected by heart worm, and it isn’t just your dog that can get these irritating worms. However, heart worm in dogs is fairly common, and it is relatively easy to treat it.
Ivermectin is just one of the medicines that are available that can help prevent your dog from getting heartworm in the first place. The drug is effective as it is able to trigger your dog’s defensive mechanisms. A dull disposition, chronic panting and coughing are signs that your dog may have heart worm.
The male worm can grow to a length of 17 centimeters, while the female worm can actually reach a length of up to 27 cm. Mosquitoes and other insects are often used as carriers by the worms.
If you own a dog, it is important to take steps to prevent other diseases too, and to be able to recognize the signs of an infestation. These include roundworm whip worm and hookworm, all of which can affect your dog. Like heart worm, these parasites are often transmitted through mosquito bites.
Heart worm and other parasites can be caused by mosquitoes in any part of the world in which mosquitoes are found, and of course the risk is generally higher during the warmer months, as mosquitoes aren’t as prevalent during colder months. You should make a point of having your dog vaccinated before the warmer months, to increase your chances of preventing heart worm and other parasites. Your vet can probably recommend vaccinations such as milbemycin oxime or Ivermectin which can be administered orally as well as the drug diethylcarbamazine for therapy.
As a pet owner you probably already know that medications for your dog can be expensive, and it pays to check the prices and perhaps do some comparison shopping. As a general rule, you should give your dog Ivermectin at least several weeks before the mosquito season actually begins. You should also make sure your dog has the vaccination for up to a couple of months after the season has ended, just to be on the safe side and to protect against any mosquitoes around after the season. Always consult your vet to get information about preventing parasites, and the right dosage to give.
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