Owning a dog can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences you can have. This has been recognised over the centuries, with dogs being the first animals to be domesticated and welcomed into our homes. Originally kept for their benefits to us, such as to assist with hunting or to keep watch, they are now more commonly with us to be a member of the family. Britons spend an average of £14.9 billion per year on our canine friends – with £595 million being just on Christmas gifts! It’s evident that we adore our dogs, and so it’s highly important to know what to when things go wrong.
Accidents and Illnesses
Responsible owners will have protected their dogs as best they can, with initial and annual inoculations, regular vet checks and consistent fleeing and worming, as well as keeping your environment safe, i.e. removal of harmful plants or hazardous cleaning products. Keeping your dog healthy also consists of TLC such as clipping of nails (dewclaws, in particular, are prone to curling and piercing the dogs’ pads which can be extremely painful, as well as likely to become infected). Finding the right food to benefit your dog is crucial; a bad diet can not only shorted a dog’s life span but also make them more at risk of a variety of illnesses.
However, there are some things that we cannot prevent from happening which are accidents and illnesses. It is estimated that vehicles hit more than 1,000,000 dogs each year in the UK. However safe you have made your property, dogs can still escape or come loose of their leads during a walk, which can result in being injured by a car. The important thing to do is to seek veterinary treatment immediately; never try to treat your dog at home. If you have pet insurance, then this is when it comes in handy, if not, then many vets will work out a payment plan with you to cover the costs of treatment.
Pay attention to your dog. When they show any signs of not being themselves such as a loss of appetite, strange behaviours or dry noses, then these are clear indications that you have a poorly dog. In general, dogs will be ill due to something they’ve eaten that they shouldn’t or a dramatic food change which hasn’t agreed with them or maybe an infestation of worms or fleas – minor ailments which can easily be sorted with the correct care but left untreated can be much more serious, or even fatal.
Of course, we touched on the importance of insurance earlier, but this is something I feel needs re-iterating. There is nothing more important than being covered for any emergency, and pet insurance is a relatively small cost that could be the difference in funding a critical operation or treatment for your pet. There are some great policies out there, and you can ensure that you’re covered for many different breed-specific conditions. In the event that something untoward happened, you can rest assured that you wouldn’t have to make a difficult choice about your pet’s treatment due to cost.