8 Everyday Habits That Put Your Dog in Danger

You want your dog to smell like a daisy, but harsh or strongly perfumed shampoos can irritate his sensitive skin.

You re bathing them all wrong

She believes that's a big error because if kids acquire periodontal disease and bacteria builds up in their teeth, they can get endocarditis, a valve infection like plaque.

You re neglecting their teeth

These brushes make micro-abrasions in their skin, making them more susceptible to bacterial infections.

You re using the wrong brush

But how mild-mannered your dog is matters more than your styling skills when deciding whether to clip his fur.

You ve taken their hairstyle into your own hands

Overweight dogs can develop pancreatitis, diabetes, and back and joint problems including arthritis.

You re not practicing portion control

People's food can make pets fat, and spicy or rich food can create stomach troubles.

You re feeding them too much people food

We won't bombard you with how awful smoking is for your health, but secondhand smoke puts your pet in risk and they can't escape it.

You smoke around them

Dogs that aren't challenged mentally and physically often develop destructive or repetitive behaviors.

You re not playing with them enough