Having a pet can be extremely rewarding. But with great responsibility comes the need to ensure that you are taking proper care of your animal’s health. Not only will this ensure your pet’s safety and well-being, it could also save you a lot of money. Here are some tips that every pet owner should know:
The most common practice is to brush your dog’s or cat’s teeth once a week. There are also different options when it comes to brushing your pet’s teeth. You can opt for an electric toothbrush(which is usually the best option), a toothpaste formulated for pets, or do it by hand with a paste specifically designed for animals or even just plain water and a washcloth(not recommended).
Most pets do not need to be bathed unless they get dirty or if you suspect that they may have fleas. But if your pet does get dirty, make sure to shampoo them using a specially formulated shampoo for pets.. You should bath your pet once every two weeks.
A major concern of new pet owners is how to kill fleas on dogs. If you suspect that your dog has fleas, it is important that you take action right away. You can either use over-the-counter medicine(usually found at supermarkets or pharmacies) or take them to the vet for prescription medicine. Although not required, it’s a good idea to also use special shampoo to treat fleas on dogs.
Some pets eat only once a day, while others have a tendency to over-eat and will eat more than what is necessary. One of the most commonly seen problems with overweight pets is that they can suffer from joint problems later in life. To avoid this, it is best to feed them two smaller meals at least two hours apart everyday. When feeding your dog or cat, always make sure there are food and water bowls that are clean and free of obstruction or blockage. Providing fresh water for your animal should also be done consistently every day.
The most important part of looking after your dog or cat is making sure that they get enough exercise. Most trained animals will do just fine with a 30-minute walk everyday; however, if you live in an especially hot climate, you might want to increase the time spent walking. Also, remember to keep your pet’s “play” time short and limited, except for those pets that have a tendency to chew on things like ropes or furniture.
There are several medications which can be used by pets without fear of any side effects. These medications include anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and antihistamines. Before using any medication on your pet, it is important to consult with your vet to determine which medications are safe for them.
There are several ways in which your home can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that can pose a threat to your pet’s health. One of the easiest ways to reduce the number of bacteria in your home is just by washing anything that has been used and make sure to clean all surfaces that pets could have come in contact with. If you have cats, keep the litter box and litter as clean as possible. Make sure to get rid of all needless clutter in your home and make sure to use a disinfectant on your floors, because pets have been known to pick up and ingest strange things. Also, keep a close watch on the plants that you have in your home; pets can sometimes bite off parts of them that can be poisonous.
Pet food is something that you will most likely be buying often. To ensure that it stays fresh as long as possible, it is important that you store the pet food properly. Make sure there’s no chance of contamination because your pet will eat whatever’s in the container(especially if it smells good). So if you are going to store the pet food in the fridge, make sure to clean it out/disinfect it every time you get new food. Even a large bag of dog food can go bad pretty quickly if it is not stored properly.
You should always keep up with your pet’s veterinary appointments. Some pets need shots for their rabies vaccinations(depending on the state that you live in) and some need additional care, such as special medication or eye drops for their eyes. Make sure to keep up with everything that your vet recommends for your pet and DO NOT DISREGARD THEM! Your veterinarian should always be the first resource you should turn to in case of an emergency.
Grooming is another important factor in looking after your pet. Grooming sessions can help keep them smelling nice and looking clean. A lot of pets require different levels of grooming, depending on their breed and how long their hair is; some animals have to be groomed every 3-4 weeks while others only need it once a year. Do not rush out and buy the first haircut that you see for your dog or cat just because it looks “cool”. Instead, be sure to ask your vet which haircut will work best with the animal’s natural features.
Considering the fact that they have a tendency to chew on things, toys are very important. This does not mean you should rush out and buy them an expensive baseball bat or tennis racquet. Instead, look for toys that are sturdy and can withstand the sharpness of your pets teeth. Also remember to keep an eye on how much your pet plays with any new type of toy; some dogs/cats have been known to snap their teeth on new objects that they haven’t played with before.
Depending on the type of animal that you have, you will most likely need to make some adjustments to ensure that their needs are met while eating out. If you’re going out for lunch, make sure they eat beforehand; this will prevent them from becoming overly hungry while at the restaurant. Also be on the lookout for any beverages that your pet may want to drink because they can become dehydrated quite easily. An important tip here is not to let your pet drink too much water too quickly as it could cause them serious harm.