The McKinney Dog Owner’s Guide

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McKinney is a great place to be a dog owner. Whether you already have a dog and need some advice on how to care for your furry friend or whether you are considering whether dog ownership is for you, read on for some tips on the best ways to care for and entertain your dog (and yourself!) in our beloved city of McKinney.

Find a dog to adopt

If you have yet to embark on the joyous journey of dog ownership, or if you want to add to your existing canine family, consider adopting a rescue dog. While rescue animals sometimes get a bad rap as being aggressive or otherwise unwanted, this is usually unjustified. Many of the dogs who become available for adoption through shelters and animal charities are animals who got lost and whose owner could not be found after the allocated period of time. Other reasons why dogs end up being available for adoption might be that their owner has sadly died and no-one in the family can take care of them. So don’t be shy and find your new best friend through an animal adoption service!

Give your dog the best healthcare possible

Once you have adopted your dog, you will want to make sure that they are (and remain) in good health. The best way to do that is to take your dog to a vet for an exam, which will tell you if they have any conditions, including allergies. A veterinary clinic will also be able to give your dog flea, tick and heartworm preventative treatments as well as all the vaccinations it needs – which will be essential not only to ensure the health of yours and other dogs in the community, but also if you plan to travel with your furry friend.

Contrary to what a lot of people believe, taking care of a dog doesn’t have to cost the Earth. This vet McKinney TX offers all routine veterinary procedures and partners with local veterinary hospitals and surgeries for surgical operations, which allows them to keep their overheads, and therefore their fees, to a minimum. They also offer walk-in appointments and an online waiting list as well as scheduled consultations, making it easy to care for your dog even if you have a very busy lifestyle.

Keep your dog fed and entertained when you’re away

If you work long hours outside the home or if you’re planning to travel, you may be worried about leaving your dog alone for a long period of time. Dogs get lonely, they need feeding, they need to go outside several times a day for exercise and bodily functions, and they can make a mess of your home if you’re not careful. Thankfully, there are some excellent pet care services in the McKinney area,  who will look after both your dog and your home while you’re away. You can also find excellent kennels who will board and care for your dog – you will need to decide what you think is best for your pet.

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