As a pet parent, your animal’s health, well-being, and safety are in your hands. It’s up to you to make sure that your pooch gets the best treatment possible when it comes to things like microchipping, sterilisation, and exercise. Here’s everything you need to know about pet care to ensure your furry friend is really being looked after.
Between work and family responsibilities, our lives are extremely busy. Unfortunately, our pets’ exercise needs tend to suffer as a result but the reality is that every dog (and cat!) needs some sort of stimulation every day, regardless of their age. If you can, try to walk your dog daily, or invest in an interactive toy to keep your cat busy while you’re at the office. There are so many fun ways to exercise with your pet – have a look at our article to discover seven great options.
While you’re out and about with your dog, keep him or her on a leash at all times, even if you consider them to be well-trained. Unpredictable circumstances could put you, your pet, or others at risk. It’s also good practice to carry poop bags with you in case your dog needs to relieve itself.
Believe it or not, grooming your pet goes a long way towards keeping it healthy. Brushing aerates the coat, promotes circulation, and unclogs pores. For cats, grooming prevents hairballs and painful matting. Cleaning eyes and ears prevents infections that could have serious implications later on. When it comes to hygiene, grooming is an essential aspect of being a responsible pet parent.
Cats and dogs go missing every day and while you may think it won’t happen to your beloved pooch, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Microchipping increases the chances of finding a lost pet as the tiny chip carries all your contact information, which a vet or animal shelter can scan. Plus, it’s really easy to do. Your vet simply inserts the chip with a syringe into the scruff of your pet’s neck, and voilà, your pet is tagged. While you’re at it, invest in an identity tag for your cat or dog’s collar with their name and your contact details. Then, if your furry friend is found, you’re just a quick phone call away.
4. Spaying and Neutering
‘Spaying’ is a procedure that removes a female dog’s reproductive organs, while ‘neutering’ is the removal of a male dog’s testicles. Both procedures are done to sterilise the animal and help curb the overpopulation of homeless cats and dogs. Unless you are planning to breed with your pet, talk to your vet about the benefits of sterilisation.
Just as they do for humans, vaccinations help to keep your puppy healthy and prevent the spread of disease. There’s no guarantee that a vaccine will prevent your pet from contracting something, but without these routine injections, the chances are much higher. A vaccine will also lessen the effects of a disease, giving your pet a better chance of recovery and survival. To learn more about vaccinations and their benefits, speak to your vet before getting a puppy or kitten.
Compiled by Food and Decor Editor, Claire Badenhorst