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“Man’s best friend” this is what dog’s are known as; but are we (man) "dog’s best friend”?
Your dog needs lots of love and attention. If you keep a dog, he can guard your property and be a faithful friend. He can only serve you if he is properly looked after, healthy, strong and happy.
Do not feed him maize meal; it is not a balanced diet.
Ensure that your dog has clean water at all times. Keep the dish in a cool place and make sure it cannot be knocked over.
Do not use an old tin or tyre for water, because it will not stay clean.
Protect your dog from the cold, the rain and the sun. Make or buy him a wooden shelter to sleep in. It should have a raised, wooden floor so that your dog does not sleep on the cold ground.
Place clean newspaper or sacking (not plastic) in your dog’s shelter.
Do not use iron or tin to make your dog’s shelter. It becomes extremely hot in summer and cold in winter.
Dogs need to run and need exercise to become strong and healthy.
Ensure that your garden is fenced and the gate is shut so that your dog can have free range around your property.
Never tie a dog up on a chain. Remember your dog can only guard your home and protect your family if he can run free.
Never let your dog run in the streets.
If you go away on holiday, the best place to leave your dogs is at a reputable boarding kennel.
If you leave your pets at home, make sure you have someone responsible to see to their needs on a daily basis.
A responsible person will:
Make sure that your gates are kept closed while you are away.
Make sure there is always fresh food and water (supplied by you)
Check to see if your pets are sick and call a vet if necessary.
Check on your pets at least once in 24 hours.
Ensure your dog is protected from the elements.
All pups should be innoculated and de-wormed at 6 weeks, again at 6 months and then annually.
Have your dog neutered/spayed as soon as they come of age. There are thousands of unwanted dogs in the world; don’t let us add to this misery.
Have all your pets inoculated against rabies once a year.
Never leave a dog or cat locked in the car on a hot day. They can suffer heat stroke within minutes. Remember, unlike people, they cannot take off their coats!
Source: (Paraphrased and used in part) Checkers Consumer Sense