Having a pet can be a stressful and exhausting experience. No matter how trying your pet is, you will always love them. Caring for your pet is a great joy.
In our previous post, we had mentioned four ways to take care of your pets, here we continue the post by mentioning four more tips.
5) Proper Nutritional Food for your Pets –
Be sure to feed your dog at least three times a day. Provide fresh water at all times. Feed your dog the right kind of food to have a healthy diet. If your dog isn’t eating, you might want to try changing the brand of food that you’re giving them; however, they may be sick, and will need to see a vet if they still won’t eat.
The cheapest food you find may not always be the healthiest. Feeding animals table scraps – no matter how cute they are when they beg – is not a good idea since people food often has minerals and items in it that can be harmful to our animal friends. Only feed your pet appropriate foods and give them responsible portions.
- Research or ask your vet about good food sources and portion sizes.
- Natural foods, though more expensive, are healthier than dry or processed foods.
- Watch your pet’s diet carefully. Many foods that are edible for humans can be inappropriate for animals, making them ill when they consume them, so it is important to research what foods your pet can not eat as well as those they can eat.
- Overfeeding is as harmful as underfeeding, so it is important that your pet gets the amount of food it needs and not too much extra. For some animals, dietary requirements may change with the season; for example, if you have horses or other grazing animals, they will often require more hay during the seasons when there is less grass.
- Look at pet food labels to make sure you are purchasing food for your pet that is properly nutritious. Research which food could harm your pet.
- It is vital that all pets have a constant water supply. Check water bowls at least once a day to ensure that they have enough water and that the water is clean and not contaminated.
6) Groom and wash your dog –
Make sure you buy a quality brush that fits the needs of your dog’s coat. You should also be sure to wash your dog when ever they get too dirty, but not too often, as your dog’s skin may become too irritated; bathing your dog every week or every other week is too often. If they don’t like bathing, be sure to reward them afterwards. If you’re having trouble grooming your dog by yourself, or they have a difficult coat to look after, take them to a groomer every six to eight weeks, depending on how fast their hair and nails grow.
This will keep both you and your pet healthy and happy. Create a regular cleaning schedule, at least once every 2-3 weeks, and stick to it, cleaning your animal and it’s living spaces to prevent disease and odor.
Consider whether your pet needs to be groomed. Many animals will largely take care of themselves, only really needing to be groomed or bathed when they manage to get very messy. Others, such as long-haired dogs or cats, may need regular grooming.
7) Train carefully and consistently –
When training your dog, make sure it’s in a big place such as a park or a big backyard.
Always reward your dog, with a treat or a pet, when it has done something well during training. This will reinforce that they are doing a good thing, and will make them listen to your commands more often
If you are away on vacation, make sure to leave your dog with a pet-sitter or at a kennel so that they are taken care of, even without you there.
- If you have an apartment cat, the litter box is very important from the start. You have to teach your cat to use the litter box and to think of it as its only place to do the necessary business. The litter box needs frequent cleaning (once or twice a day, depending on the cat). Feeding is approximately 2 or 3 times a day, again, depending on the cat. Water should be supplied continuously.
- Dogs need to be trained so they understand proper behavior, such as where to go to the bathroom and not to jump on people when they enter the house. It’s important that the owner establishes control, but never in an abusive or harmful way to the animal.
8) Make Time and Love Them –
Some animals require more attention than others, so the amount of time they need is often relative. Just be sure than you are capable of fulfilling whatever that need may be.
Love is what your relationship with your pet has to be about. Show him or her your affection by petting and playing.
- Try to take a little time out of each day to spend with your pet, even if it’s just sitting down with them. More often than not, your pet would be more than happy to relax with you.
- Dogs should be walked, and hamsters need time to run around in their balls. Play should be fun for both your pet and you, but make sure it is safe and monitored at all times.
- Research whether your pet breed needs to socialize with other animals. Play with your pets; dogs are very social animals so they need to spend time with their owners. With toys or simply chasing him around is enough for exercising. Dogs have a natural craving for chewing things, so buy a chewing toy to keep him entertained.
- Your pet will be a member of your family, so treat it like one. A good cuddle will do the both of you good. Pets respond to the tone of people’s voices as well as touch.
Hence, no matter what animal you call a friend, taking care of them is an important part of letting them know you love them.
Thus, knowledge is power, read up and learn as much as possible about your pets specifically; along with their raising, training and living with them in general. Basically, the more you know, the more confident you’ll be in providing a safe and enjoyable home for your pet.