There is a lot of thought that goes behind taking care of a dog or cat. This is why as a kid, your parent(s) were reluctant to get a pet. Your dog is like your family member, which is why you need to take care of and look after them.
Welcoming a pet into your home is not to be taken lightly, whether it is a cat or any other animal. Today, dogs and cats are considered full-fledged members of the family. You have a pet, or you wish to have one. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you ought to know about taking care of your pets.
1. The food
The offer in terms of food for dogs and cats is more and more diversified. You will have a wide choice between dry or wet food, with or without cereals, meat, fish… The important thing is to adapt the diet to the age and activity of the animal.
A good quality and quantity of food are essential to maintain the proper functioning of your pet’s body and avoid nutritional deficiencies or overloads. Once you have made your choice, check that the animal tolerates it well by paying attention to its good digestion (well-molded stools, no diarrhea…)
2. Provide good hygiene for your pet
To take care of your pet, it is important to ensure that it maintains good hygiene. Indeed, in this respect, dogs and cats are no different from humans. They sweat, get dirty, and their skin can be damaged by a lack of care. Dogs in particular need to be washed regularly for their well-being. The frequency of grooming will depend on the type of dog, the length of its hair, and its life habits.
Nevertheless, a monthly or every 2 months grooming is welcome without exceeding one bath per month. Furthermore, pet care is not only about bathing your pet. It is also the ideal moment to take care of the different parts of its anatomy, such as teeth, eyes, and ears. Which product to use? Complete ranges exist depending on the type of animal and its breed.
Numerous solutions, with adapted formats, are available to easily offer good hygiene to your pet even if it is reluctant. Finally, this moment dedicated to the care of your four-legged friend is the opportunity to check that he is in good health (absence of wounds, good appearance of the skin and coat…).
3. Take care of the eyes and ears of your dog or cat
As for grooming, it is important to clean your dog’s or cat’s eyes and ears once a week with adapted products. For the eyes, make sure the eye is not red, irritated, or scratched. Watch out for earwax deposits that may be too large, thick, or smelly for the ears. Weekly cleaning of the ears will prevent the appearance of ear infections or itching.
4. Prevent rather than cure!
An annual preventive visit to the veterinarian is recommended for the good health of your dog or cat. This consultation will allow you to update their vaccination protection, monitor their weight and diet, and detect diseases… The veterinarian will also be able to advise you on deworming and flea and tick treatments adapted to the breed and the life of your companion. The use of these products as a preventive measure will help avoid health problems (dermatitis, disease transmission, etc.).
5. A healthy dog and cat
A healthy animal is also a healthy animal. In addition to their hygienic outings, dogs must be taken for a real walk once a day to exercise, meet other dogs and smell new scents. All this contributes to their physical and mental health. If cats don’t have access to the outside, it is essential to play with them, keep them busy, and let them spend their energy.
Now it’s up to you to take action for the well-being of your four-legged friends! Your pets need respect and affection from you. Pets need to be shown how to do things, such as relieving themselves in a particular place. If they misbehave, avoid physical punishment. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about taking care of your pets.