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‘I see a lot of injuries from all of these things’: Vet reveals dos and don'ts for dog owners

Let's cut to the chase: Dog raising is hard. After all, there are so many things you should and should not do with your dogs. From letting them lick your face to throwing sticks at them, it's kind of hard to know all of them. Thankfully, a vet has explained some of these rules of behaviour.

‘I see a lot of injuries from all of these things’: Vet reveals dos and don'ts for dog owners

Talking to his 10.6k followers on TikTok, the vet Jamie Lam – who goes by the username @jglam6 – said: “I’m Jamie and I’m a vet and here’s my five things I wouldn’t do with my dog.”

Don't Let Your Dog Lick Your Face

“I would not let Otis lick my face.”

“Dogs have a lot of bacteria in their mouths and it can even give us things like roundworm and tapeworm, so definitely no licking of the face,” Lam advised.

Don't Feed Your Dog From The Table

 “I wouldn’t feed him food from the table.”

“Although they may like it and even love it, it can encourage begging behaviour which can be very frustrating for people at home, and pet obesity is one of the biggest things that we struggle with in our industry, so definitely no table scraps with this one,” Lam explained.

Do Choose The Right Dog Food

“I personally would not feed a raw food diet. That’s not to say that there aren’t dogs out there that do really well on a raw food diet, but they do have an increased risk of causing things like salmonella and E.coli in our dogs,” Lam warned.

“Furthermore, if it’s not a complete diet and you are just making it up as you go along, you may be giving your dog a nutritional deficiency which is not ideal.”

Do Give Them Vaccines

 “I would make sure I didn’t forget to give him his vaccines and that I stay on top of his flea and his worming,” he continued.

“It’s so common to see these problems in the vets, I see fleas and worms pretty much on a daily basis, so making sure he’s covered is really important.”

Don't Let Your Dog Play With Tennis Balls, Sticks, Or Rocks

“The final thing, I personally wouldn’t allow Otis to play with tennis balls, sticks or rocks,” Lam went on.

“I see a lot of injuries from all of these things, a lot of tooth erosion from tennis balls, it’s just not worth the damage, get toys, there are a lot of safer toys out there.”