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Are you thinking about getting a pet, but don’t know what all the fuss is about? Taking care of an animal isn’t quite as simple as taking care of yourself, but it’s also not as complicated as you might think. That’s where this guide comes in—it will teach you everything you need to know about keeping your pets healthy and happy, so that your new pet becomes an extension of your family instead of just another pet who lives with you.
1) Feed your Pet with Good Quality Food
Use high-quality pet food from your vet or a reliable source like a pet store. Feeding your pet with cheap, low-quality food might seem like a good option at first, but it can have detrimental effects on their health in both the short and long term. This may include digestive problems and other illnesses that can be avoided if you take care of what they eat. Don’t trust your dog to just any dry food out there; talk to your vet about a specific kind of dry feed that will work best for your pet’s needs. Then, follow up by picking up a bag once every few months and check up on how much they are consuming compared to when you started (as well as their activity level). If there is an increase in either amount or activity level, consider reducing their intake slightly to counteract those changes.
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2) Take your Pet for Checkups
A yearly visit to your veterinarian for a checkup and vaccinations are a good way to keep your pet healthier. A pet’s body is not as complex as ours, but it’s important to make sure they don’t have diseases or are at risk of getting them. Cats especially need regular visits to a vet because they can hide illnesses much more easily than dogs do. But, since it’s difficult to know when our pets are truly sick, we should take them in for checkups on a regular basis; that way, if there is an issue, we can fix it right away. Pets will live longer lives and be healthier if they get medical attention regularly.
3) Listen to your Vet
It's tempting to try and discover a new way to prevent or fix your pet's problem. Be wary of solutions you read about online—your vet has likely encountered them all before. Instead, ask for her advice on how to proceed. If you have an older pet with a health problem that doesn't appear to be getting better, be honest with your vet—the more information she has, the better equipped she will be to create a plan that works best for your pet. Also worth noting: Ask your vet if there are any natural products she recommends (such as fish oil supplements) that can help address some common health issues in pets without causing side effects. From heart worm medicine to cancer treatment, certain alternatives work just as well but without hurting your wallet. One study found that treating intestinal disease in cats is particularly cost-effective when done with omega-3 fatty acids rather than prescription drugs. Do some research on what's available at local pet stores and start a conversation with your vet to see what might work best for your furry friend.
4) Provide your Pet with Regular Exercise
Exercise is a great way to keep your pet healthy, but it’s also an important preventative measure. By providing your pet with regular exercise, you may be helping it avoid serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes down the road. Make sure you consult with your veterinarian before starting any kind of exercise program for your pet; not all pets can handle some exercises. If you’re wondering what kinds of exercises you should try with your furry friend, start by observing its behavior in its natural habitat and do what comes naturally to them. For example, if they spend most of their time hunting on four legs, start slow and work up to sprinting around on two!
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5) Teach your Children How to Care for Pets
There are few things more gratifying than knowing you're giving your children lessons that will last a lifetime—and having healthier pets is one of them. Teaching your kids how to care for their pets can lead to a long, healthy relationship between you and your animals (and sometimes those animals end up being longer-lived than you'd expect). Share these 8 tips with your family, and maybe even teach them how to care for their furry friends on their own. It’s never too early or too late to instill good pet ownership skills in others.
6) Feed Cats Only Cat Treats
The idea that cats don’t like human food is a myth. While most humans are familiar with catnip, they might not realize that their feline friends also enjoy pumpkin, bell peppers, and more. Cats can even eat dog food! As long as you’re sticking to their normal diet of wet or dry food, there’s no need to worry about overindulging them. Of course, if you have health concerns over your pet eating human foods, talk to your vet and consider getting a special treat just for your kitty. There are plenty of healthy treats out there made especially for our furry friends. A simple Google search will turn up plenty of options and recipes to try at home with ingredients right from your pantry. Once you get used to feeding treats regularly, it won’t seem so weird, and using safe human foods in moderation means healthier pets all around.
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7) Avoid Feeding Dogs Chocolate
Chocolate contains a substance called methylxanthine that is toxic to pets. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even seizures in dogs. Cats are particularly sensitive to chocolate as well. If you have any chocolate lying around, put it up out of reach of your pet. If your pet does consume chocolate accidentally, seek medical attention immediately. #1 solution to keep pets healthy is keeping them away from anything bad for them. While many things are safe for human consumption, some numerous foods or plants can be harmful to animals. You need to avoid giving these items to your pets because they may suffer serious or life-threatening complications. #2 solution is making sure their vaccinations stay updated so if there’s something contagious in an area you don’t want them getting sick or dying! Prevention is key here! Make sure all family members are aware of how important taking care of pets is!!! Too many people just dump their animals into animal shelters where they become lost dogs waiting patiently for someone who might adopt them... but most likely won’t. Please consider adopting from a shelter instead!
8) Make Sure you Clean Up After your Pet in Public Areas
Cleaning up after your pet is a simple solution to decrease contact with wildlife and pets, as well as limiting exposure to germs. When walking your dog or playing with your cat, remember to follow local rules and bag anything you pick up—and don’t forget that animal waste can be composted! If there aren’t any trashcans around when you need one, just use a plastic grocery bag. If you make sure to clean up after your pet in public areas (like in parks), it will keep both their outdoor time healthier, and keep your home safer when they come inside.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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