Dogs are among the most loved and most popular friends. Their caring and loving character, along with their happiness are what makes them men’s best friend. Millions of people around the world own a dog and studies have shown that having a dog in your household increases the overall happiness of the owner and the whole family.

Having a dog is like living with a plus relative, which means that your pet is a huge responsibility and you need to look out for them in the best way possible. Educating yourself on this topic is very important, especially if it’s your first time owning a pet. Let’s take a look at some basic things that you need to look out for.


As you may know, your dog’s skin and fur are ‘attractive’ to parasites and mites. One of the most common enemies of this kind that your dog is facing is chiggers. They are small parasites and are incredibly hard to spot. You often need a magnifying glass to take a closer look. Chiggers can cause serious problems on your pet’s skin.

The best way to spot them is to check if your dog has itchy red bumps on its skin. Chiggers like warm and humid conditions, so it’s most likely for your pet to catch them if it’s playing in tall grass during spring or summer. Luckily, there are ways in treating chiggers in pets and they are worth a read.

Your pet may need extra attention during or after the treatment, so keep an eye and make sure you act on time. The reason why dogs are the most common victims for chiggers is because these parasites infect pets that spend a lot of time outdoors and dogs are the perfect example.

The Environment

By environment, we mean your home. There are two reasons why you should keep your place of living clean at all time. The first reason is to make sure that your dog and you live in healthy surroundings. The cleaner your home is, the smaller the chances are that your pet will get infected with some parasite. This is especially important if your pet lives with you and does not have a dog house.

The second reason why you should keep your house clean is connected to the first. Dogs need a lot of attention and you are required to take them on walks regularly. During these walks, dogs step in all sorts of places and they can bring all of that in your house, thus making it dirty. A clean environment is beneficial both for you and your dog.

Its Weight

You may think that feeding your dog as often as possible is good for it, but you are wrong. Pet obesity is a common problem for owners who fail to understand that it’s not good to feed your dog more than 2 times per day.

The way to make sure that your dog does not get fat is if you take him on regular walks, spend quality time playing and socializing, and feeding him properly. Spending quality time playing is beneficial for both its weight and overall happiness.

Dogs are social creatures and the more you spend time with them, the happier their life will be. This will also give you a chance to get familiar with your pet and understand its needs easier.

Regular veterinary checks, dental care, grooming, and nail trimming are also things that you need to do regularly.

Author: Mickael Kovacs

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