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Dogs are known to be loyal and easily contented with their owners so providing them with a safe and comfortable environment, and the right diet, is least we can do as responsible dog owners.

Here are some general tips on care for your loyal canine friend:

  1. Puppies between 8 to 12 weeks old need no less than 4 meals a day

  2. Dogs require daily walks to burn calories and help stimulate their minds

  3. Frequent brushing of your dog’s fur help with shedding

  4. Bring along a water dispenser for your dog to drink on his daily walks

  5. Avoid bringing your dog out for a walk right after a rain, especially near grassy areas

  6. Ensure your dog is groomed at least once a month

  7. If your dog has skin sensitivity issues, check with a vet to see if it is due to his diet or allergies

  8. Ensure your dog is an approved breed for HDB flats if you’re living in one, to avoid the risk of removal should neighbours complain about his barking - if your dog is an approved breed, remember to apply for the necessary licensing

  9. Dogs can be spayed / neutered (female / male) at around 6 months of age. Check with your vet for your dog’s breed and weight to confirm a suitable surgery date

  10. Avoid feeding brands that are generally outside of most vets’ recommended list. Safe brands to keep with are Hill’s Science Diet, Royal Canin and Welless

  11. If your dog is on a raw meat diet, check with your vet for de-worming frequency

  12. Do not cage up your dog on a permanent basis, they require plenty of daily exercise and being caged up can cause their muscles to atrophy, and cause a strain on their emotional health

  13. Use a leash on your dog when you’re in a public area - other than safety reasons, this is also a legal requirement in Singapore

  14. Do not muzzle your dog for the sake of not wanting furniture to be chewed, or preventing of barking - muzzling hinders your dog’s respiration

  15. De-barking is cruel and should not be practiced

  16. Take note of your dog’s breed and the specific ailments that are known to accompany them in their mature age - examples like breeds that are susceptible to hip dysplaysia in their old age, etc. are good knowledge to have to be able to provide better for them should they experience it as they grow older

  17. Do not use excessive force in training your dog - dogs are emotional creatures and like most animals, can experience fear and depression so do not take out your frustrations over behavioural issues on your dog, instead look for an experienced trainer that can help you bond closer with your dog over proper canine training

  18. Bring your dog for annual check-ups with a regular vet and have his annual vaccinations done

  19. Do not switch out your dog’s diet suddenly - especially for those who prefer to put their dogs on a largely vegetable diet, check first with your vet on what are the safe and approved foods, and methods for transitioning your dog. Remember that dogs are naturally omnivorous, and enjoy having meat in their diet.

  20. Provide a soft bed and comfortable environment for your dog to cozy up to when he goes to sleep every night or take naps during the day, making it an area he’s familiar and comfortable with daily

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