They say having a pet is like taking care of a child, which may be a bit true to some extent. Pet ownership is rewarding, and it’s just as much about responsibility as it is about companionship. Remember that you are bringing in your life another living being, and they will be relying on you to survive. That’s why we made these pet-care tips to help you better care of them.
Pets Need Annual Medical Exams
Our furry friends are known for not liking the vet, but that’s something that you need to alleviate. Visiting the vet only when your pet is sick only invites unpredictable diseases to happen. Make it a point to follow a consistent schedule when seeing your vet, as it will ensure that your pet is living a healthy life. Different kinds of breeds for both cats and dogs are usually prone to some diseases, and it will do you best to preemptively put in the effort to reduce this risk.
Don’t Forget Dental Care
Don’t forget dental care too! Our pets like to chew on whatever they can find, which usually end up damaging their teeth. Make sure to include dental care when visiting your vet. Ask which kinds of dental hygiene product you should use for your fur babies, and make sure that it’s applied consistently.
Be Familiar with Pet-specific Products and Services
We often think that our pets don’t need much besides a place to rest and food to eat. But much like us, our pets need other items to make their life better. Pet hotels, dog walkers, cat sitters, safe transport for pets — there are many pet-specific services you need to know.
There are pet-specific brushes to help them deal with their fur. There are appropriate nail clippers to manage their claws better, tools dedicated to making you and your pet’s life easier, and making use of them will make your whole experience better. You might think they’re just a waste of money, but the convenience of not having to worry about your pet and the guarantee that they’ll be well taken care of is invaluable.
Go Out and Exercise with Them
Just like us humans, pets need exercise too. Before getting a pet, you have to consider if you have enough space for them, indoor and outdoor. Your pet should have some room to stretch around your house. Outside, if you have a yard or some area where your pet can move around is good but if not, make sure you are capable of taking your pet out for walks around your neighborhood, ideally every day. This is a good way for you to be active as well. You can go with your pet to the park and enjoy jogging or running a few laps.
Control Their Food Portions
You may see on some fun videos online how pets like to beg for food. They’ll give you their cutest, most adorable pleading eyes, but don’t give in to it. As the owner, you should take control and say no, especially when it’s not their time to eat.
Having said that, a consistent feeding time (or times) is essential as this helps them develop a schedule, which in turn can help lessen the begging for treats. Feeding times and portions depend on the age and weight of your pet, so consult your vet to know what’s best for your furry friend. Keep in mind that as the owner, treats and snacks for your pets should be controlled so your pet can keep a healthy body and appropriate weight.
Spay and Neuter Your Pets
You’ve probably already heard of “adopt, don’t shop.” One of the main reasons this phrase exists is because of the irresponsibility of some pet owners- they fail to control their pets from reproducing, resulting in a large number of unwanted pets. Some leave the offspring in the trash, as they can’t exactly take care of more pets.
To prevent this from ever happening, consider spaying or neutering your pets. It helps manage the ever-growing population of accidental pet pregnancies while providing health benefits to your pet. It reduces different kinds of diseases like cancers and infections while also removing the drastic behavior shifts caused by heat cycles.
Our pets are family members- they live with us, spend their days with us, and love us from the bottom of their hearts. Taking care of them is the least we can do. And taking care of them is the only way to make sure we get to spend precious moments in life with them.