As a loving pet parent, keeping your dog healthy and safe is probably a priority. In certain situations, however, owners may not even realize that they’re making a pet care mistake. Below are three common mistakes that can jeopardize your dog’s health or safety:
Allowing your dog to ride unsecured in the car: Allowing your dog the simple pleasure of riding shotgun with his head hanging happily out of the window may seem like no big deal, but this is a very dangerous practice. In an accident, unrestrained dogs are not only more likely to be injured, but they also present a significant danger to the people riding in the car. Keep car rides safe by using a secured crate or a reliable restraint device.
Walking your dog off-leash in an unsecured area: Unless you’re in a dog park or another secure area, walking your dog without a leash is a mistake. Even the most well behaved dogs can get distracted by a squirrel or a bird and ignore a recall command. Obviously, darting into the street is a dangerous situation that can turn tragic in an instant.
Giving your dog medication meant for people: If your dog is in pain or not feeling well, your inclination might be to administer a low dose of a human medication. However, it’s extremely important to check with your pet’s veterinarian prior to doing so. Some human medications are downright dangerous for dogs. In other cases, there could be possible drug interactions that owners may not be aware of.