In more than 25 years of caring for animals Dr. Arnold L. Goldman has learned much about their behavior.
Goldman, DVM and founder of Canton Animal Hospital, LLC has several
tips when it comes to caring for animals, including dogs.
The animals have a special place in owner’s hearts and everyone approaches care differently but Goldman feels there are some basic premises people should keep in mind.
One is to always consider the animal. As simple as it sounds, emotions often run high from the time an owner chooses an animal until it’s time to say goodbye.
“Have the pet’s best interest in mind when your making decisions,” Goldman said.
Goldman offers several dog ownership tips with that in mind.
For example, people can too often choose a breed based on looks but it’s important to make sure your lifestyle is a good fit, Goldman said. Working breeds, for example, often have special needs for an active life.
On the other end of the spectrum, illness and end of life decisions should consider the animal’s suffering, but each situation is different.
Of course, in between the happiest and saddest days of pet
ownership, a lot comes into play. Goldman has several other suggestions.
One of the biggest is food. People are often caught up in
the brand issues and there are of course recalls. But while Goldman recommends a USA-made meal, the more
important issue is amount, he said.
Generally, the only nutrition-related issue he deals with is
“It’s rare I see any other sort of nutritional illness,” he
Goldman feels that some pet owners are too quick to feel guilty about the time they spend with a dog. While some breeds have specific needs, owners should not feel bad when they can’t always get out with their dog as much as they’d like.
Training is also important.
“Exercise is important for an animal but mental exercise is
just as important,” he said.
Still, owners should not feel guilty if they miss a night of
exercise in their busy lives. Just make some time.
“What your pet really wants are short, regular opportunities
to be with you,” he said.
Want to learn more? Goldman has started blogging for Canton Patch. See his first two entries:
Goldman established Canton Animal Hospital in 1995. In addition to his practice, he now offers advice on a Patch blog. Read more about him and the business at http://www.cantonanimalhospital.com