How often do you get your dog vaccinated?
States regulate the age at which it is first administered.
A second vaccination is recommended after 1 year, then boosters every 3 years.
Puppies need a booster 1 year after completing their initial series, then all dogs need a booster every 3 years or more often. Core dog vaccine.
At a minimum, it's advised to bathe your dog at least once every three months.
You can wash your dog as frequently as every other week (with gentle shampoo, it could be even more frequent).
When in doubt, use your judgment — if your dog starts to smell, it's probably time for a bath.
On average, most dogs will need to have their nails trimmed every 1-2 months.
You can also tell that your dog's nails need to be trimmed if they are clicking on the floor when your dog walks.
Typically, smaller breeds and younger dogs will need to urinate more frequently than larger breeds and older dog.
The average healthy dog will produce approximately 10 to 20 ml of urine for each pound of body weight per day.
Ideally adult dogs should be allowed outside to relieve themselves at least 3-5 times a day.
Puppies should be wormed from two-three weeks of age at two weekly intervals until they are twelve weeks of age, then every month until they are six months of age.
Worming should continue at least three times a year with a recommended veterinary preparation for the rest of the dog's life.
Do you let your dog sleep in your bed with you at night? Research has shown that slightly less than one-half of all pet owners share their bed or bedroom with their pet.
Even so, you have likely been told by at least one well-meaning person that your dog should sleep on the floor, in his crate, or in his own bed.
Most dogs come into heat twice per year, or about every six months, although the interval can vary between breeds and from dog to dog.
Small breed dogs may cycle three times per year, while giant breed dogs may only cycle once every 12 months.
Take your puppy outside for a bathroom break every one to two hours during the day.
A general rule of thumb is that a puppy can hold it for as many hours as she is months old, plus one–for a three-month-old pup, that's four hours.