Common Mistakes Dog Owners Should Avoid

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Sometimes they can present challenges even to the best prepared of owners. Here are our picks for the Top 5 Pet Owner Mistakes that may be making your life challenging. Anything sound familiar?

“He’s Not Fat, He’s Big Boned”

Actually, he probably is overweight or obese, along with more than half of pets in American households. Because the majority of dogs are packing on extra pounds these days, our minds are fooled into thinking this is normal. Your veterinarian can assess your dog with an objective tool such as the Healthy Weight Protocol to give you an accurate idea of what your dog’s weight should be, as well as a specific nutrition plan to get you to that healthy goal.

“I Only Go to the Vet When My Pet is Sick”

Animals are tremendous masters of disguise; they don’t want to inconvenience us by letting us know they feel poorly. Usually by the time owners notice signs of illness, a dog has been sick for quite some time. Annual preventive care exams at the veterinarian allow you to catch diseases like arthritis and renal disease much earlier in the process, saving you money, and your dog pain and stress.

“I Changed Dog Foods Because the Store Employee Told Me To”

Choosing a dog food can be confusing. Meanwhile, the person at the pet food store, convincing as they may be, doesn’t know your dog’s medical history the way your vet does. If your veterinarian recommends a specific food for your dog, there’s usually an excellent reason. Nutrition plays a key role in your dog’s health, so make sure to include their number one health advocate in that decision.

For the complete slideshow on common dog owner mistakes, visit petMD!