Dogs are fairly complex animals, so it makes sense that their care is rather involved as well. If you have never owned a dog, it’s important you become familiar with the particulars before acquiring a pet. Read this guide for great dog care advice.

It costs a lot of money to own a dog. Good quality dog food and medical care can cost between $700-1000 a year. Also, should an emergency arise, this can cost thousands so you might consider pet health insurance.

If you are on any kind of medication, you should ensure your dog never gains access to it. Dogs can have very negative side effects from even small amounts of medications intended for humans. If this does happen, call your vet immediately.

Never allow your dog to leave your yard without a leash even if he seems very trustworthy and calm. A dog might run after an animal and get into trouble, or it might get into a fight with another animal. You are responsible if your dog does this.

Carefully consider what your home is like when deciding on a breed of dog. Joggers should get a high energy dog, for example. Likewise if you are quiet home-body, look for a smaller dog that enjoys pampering and living it up on your sofa. You should find a dog that fits well with your personality.

If you are not sure how often you should feed your dog, ask your vet. Even though many people stick to the label on the can or package of the dog’s food, sometimes these guidelines might not work for the type of dog that you have. This could lead to your dog becoming obese. Speak with a vet about your dog’s needs and what they should have.

Take your new dog to the vet. Don’t wait to long to make your appointment. A vet will make sure the dog is healthy and also set up a future schedule of vaccinations. Speak with a vet about getting your dog neutered or spayed since there is a massive dog overpopulation problem that you don’t need to add to.

Trim the hair around your dog’s paws to prevent it from getting matted up. Straighten the hair with a comb slightly before you do any trimming. A professional groomer may be a good solution if you are confident about trimming the hair yourself.

If your dog is undergoing a course of treatment with medication or therapy, make sure you follow your veterinarian’s instructions precisely. Your dog likely will not enjoy wearing a cone, but the vet prescribed it for good reason. You will leave your dog open to serious health problems down the line if you do not follow the advice from your vet for the health of your dog.

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about dogs, it shouldn’t be hard to care for them. Remember to love your pet and act calmly and patiently for a happy existence. Do all the research you can and you’ll have a great friend that will be by your side for a long time.