Dog Care Tips
Detect & Prevent Problems - Cut Costs

Feeling thrifty? 

Well, we have some thrifty dog care tips for you that will reduce the cost of caring for your best pal. Also, did you know that a few simple tasks can save you money and help you prepare for minor mishaps and ailments?

Just by spending a little time each week you can take care of many routine tasks yourself.

Dog Health & Basic Dog Care Routine

I've found the best way to keep on top of their general care, is to establish a good dog care routine.  This flushes out problems at the onset and also prevents many issues from even starting. 

Annual vet visits for dogs.

It's much easier for you, your pooch, and your vet if you schedule annual vet visits and health checks for your pets. All puppies needs their full round of shots when they are young, but after that, you can either continue with annual vaccines or you can opt to have annual blood tests that check levels of immunity.  It's your choice so talk to your vet.

Keeping them on preventative heartworm, tick, and flea treatment all year long will also keep long-term costs down.  Treatment for heartworm or tick borne diseases are a lot more expensive to treat than prevent.  Not to mention they can be fatal if not treated.

Dependent on where you live, ticks can still be a problem even with the treatment, especially in spring and fall.  If you live in a high tick population area, it's best to check your dog daily and remove any you see

It's also a good idea to do a weekly check for lumps and bumps, and check their paws for any foreign bodies or cuts.  While you're at it, keep an eye on their nails as they'll need regular trimming.


Cleaning dogs teeth with a dog tooth brush.

Did you know that you can almost eliminate dog dental problems just by cleaning their teeth on a regular basis?  You need to do it right though to make it actually count! Don't worry if your pooch won't allow you near his mouth, there are still steps you can take to prevent dental problems.

By following the dog care tips on teeth care you can be sure that you are doing all you can to control dental disease and save yourself some pretty hefty dog dental expenses down the line.


Your dog's paws can take a beating when out on walks or even in your backyard.  The pads, in particular, are pretty tricky to deal with once cut.  Stitches don't usually work well on a dog's pad and it's really hard to get them to stay off of the paw enough for the pad to heal. I know, I've tried.

That's why I created these dog care tips to deal with this particular issue. After my (very energetic) girl cut her pad open, I tried many solutions to get it to heal before I found what worked for us.  It ended up being a combination of efforts all of which I've captured here on Paw Problems.

Skin & Coat

Regular baths are good for your dog's skin and coat but only if you're using the right shampoo.  The wrong shampoo, especially human shampoo, can really cause problems. If your dog is itching and scratching a lot, then check out our skin conditions to find the cause and right treatment plan. 


Unfortunately, ear infections are common amongst canines.  Regularly checking ears (and cleaning only if necessary) can stop some ear problems from occurring.  Also, many ear issues are related to a skin condition.  In this situation, the ear infection will keep recurring unless the skin condition is treated. 

It's not surprising that ear problems are the number one reason canines visit the vets office.  But did you know that you can solve many issues yourself?   Ear mites, for example, can be detected at home with a very simple technique.  You can also use an effective home solution, if it is ear mites that you are dealing with.

Senior Dog Care

A senior GSD resting.

What about when your best pal gets older, do you know if he needs more specialized care when he is a senior?  What age is considered “senior” anyway?

Well, it all depends on their size. The bigger they are, the quicker they age.

It's no longer sufficient to say that canines age every seven years to our one, it's gotten a lot more complicated than that. See our geriatric care page for more information as well as some preventative tips just for seniors.

Following these dog care tips will provide a good foundation for your dog care and maintenance program and should keep your costs down.  Of course, there are just tons of other things to consider when taking care of your best pal.  You'll find plenty of advice and dog care tips on this site along with recommendations of where to get additional help.

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