Are you a new pet parent or looking to strengthen your pet care skills? Read on for grooming guides, nutritional information, safety tips, and more.
Responsible pet ownership begins with regular visits to the vet. Because they have a shorter lifespan than humans, your dog or cat should be checked at least once or twice a year. Depending on your pet’s vaccination schedule, they may be vaccinated more often when they are young, but establishing and maintaining your pet’s good health means keeping up with vet visits. y as they age.
We can say that trips to the vet can be challenging. In particular, cats may be reluctant to leave the comforts of your home, but there are ways to reduce stress for both of you. Getting your cat acclimated to its cage as a kitten is a good practice (and avoid running under the bed). Dogs often like to go for a walk in the car. Take your dog for a walk so they don’t associate getting in the car with going to the vet. And many pets don’t mind going to the vet’s office, especially if you choose the right vet for your little friend.
Vaccinating your pet is an important part of responsible pet care. As soon as you welcome your new pet into your home, schedule a vaccination appointment. During your first visit, your veterinarian will schedule vaccinations for your puppy or kitten to protect them from illness and disease. It is advisable to vaccinate your puppies early, the first few weeks after you bring them home. Talk to your vet at the first appointment about the right time to schedule that visit. They help prevent diseases like rabies, Lyme disease, and malaria. Cats benefit from vaccinations against feline herpes virus, feline leukemia, and rabies. If you have adopted an adult or older animal, make sure it is also vaccinated. Vaccinations need to be renewed and not just for small pets.
If the unthinkable happens and your little one goes missing (especially young children who run out the door so easily), proper identification is key to a happy ending. Start with the basics: a safety collar and a tag containing all your contact information. In addition to the identification tag, you should microchip your pet, as there is always the possibility that the collar could fall off. The microchip, an electronic device the size and shape of a grain of rice, is implanted under your pet’s skin and can be read by a scanner that extracts its identifying information. The combination of these forms of identification will greatly help in bringing you and your beloved pet together, but only if you keep your contact information up to date. Be sure to change your information on file with the chip if you change your address or phone number.
As the seasons change or you rearrange your living space, look around to see if you are providing your pet with a safe and welcoming environment. Does the dog bed look a bit flat? Buy your dog a new one. Trash bin area is not enough anymore? Decorate your kitten’s bathroom with a new box and shovel. This is also a good time to check for potential hazards. Find exposed wires or wires (young animals find these great chew toys), close security doors, repair any loose windows or screens, and remove any plants that are toxic to humans. your pet.
One of the most important aspects of responsible pet care is making sure your dog or cat is well-trained, and proper socialization is part of that. Starting when they’re young is the best and most effective, but it’s never too late to learn new tricks. Potty training is the number one priority for any animal you share a house with, as is obedience training. Learning socialization skills will help your puppy or kitten bond with you and other pets. Ask your local veterinarian or animal shelter to recommend good trainers in your area, or read an in-house training guide. A well-trained pet is a happy pet, and that means happy pet parents.