Labrador care is easy when you make it a regular routine. The following are all the basic care tips you need to keep your Lab healthy and happy.
Labrador Care Tips
Squeaky Clean – Lab’s do a good job caring for their own coat. However, giving them a brush every week or two isn’t a bad idea. Brushing will remove dirt and loose hair during shedding season. It will also help move the oils through his coat for a glossy appearance.
Other Labrador care you can provide in relation to grooming is:
Bathing – Your Lab will need a bath three times a year, once in the spring, once in the summer, and once in the fall.
Nails – Your Labrador should have his nails clipped about every 3 months. Have the Vet or a groomer do the job, or learn how to do it yourself.
Ears – Check your Labrador’s ears twice a month to make sure they are healthy. Labs are prone to ear infections because of poor air circulation in the ears.
Teeth –Brush your Lab’s teeth and give him detabones. This will help prevent disease. Your Vet should also check your Labrador’s teeth.
Move those muscles – Labs need plenty of exercise and need to move around to avoid gaining excess fat. Overweight dogs have health problems.
Good Food– Your Lab needs a well balanced daily diet. Provide him with a regular food schedule, and avoid feeding him humane food which can lead to health problems. Consult your Vet about how much dog food you should provide him, and ask what brand the recommend.
Vet Visits – Take your Labrador for regular Vet checkups each year. All vaccines should be up to date, and he should be protected from heart worm.
Good Water – Change the drinking water all the time. Your Labrador needs to stay well hydrated. Drinking water should be clean and without bacteria and dirt.
Safe House – Your Lab can be quite mischievous when he wants to be. Thus, you need to ensure he doesn’t get into any trouble, and keep all potentially dangerous household items out of his reach. This includes:
Chemicals – house hold cleaning supplies
Houseplants – Certain plants in your home could be poisonous to him if ingested.
Garbage – Don’t leave garbage on the floor where your Lab could easily choke on wrappers or eat bad food.
Sharp objects – A lab can cut himself on knives
Electrical wires – electrocution can result from wire chewing
You’ll discover Labrador care is easy once you establish an effective routine.