From birth to pet cremation, you are responsible for caring for your animals for their entire lives. Here are some things you can do to look after your furry friends.
Being a responsible pet owner means going for regular visits to the vet. You should go for a checkup for your pet once or twice a year, and this is even more important given their shorter lifespan compared to humans. Depend on the vaccination schedule, you may need to make regular visits when they are young. It is important to establish and maintain good pet health and this means regular vet visits.
It can be a little challenging to go to the vet. Cats may not be comfortable leaving their homes they are familiar with, but there is a way of reducing the stress for both of you. You should try getting your cat used to getting into the carrier when they are still young.
Vaccination is one of the most important aspects of pet care. After welcoming the new family member into your home, it is important to start scheduling for an immunisation appointment. On the first visit, the vet will come up with a schedule that the kitten or pup will follow. This will make sure they are protected from diseases and illnesses.
You should have your puppies vaccinated in the early weeks after bringing them home. During the first appointment, ask the vet the best time to schedule the visit. Vaccines are important because they help in preventing diseases such as Lyme disease, rabies and distemper. For cats, vaccines will help prevent feline leukaemia, feline herpes virus, and rabies. If you adopt a senior animal, then you should make sure they have been immunised. Some vaccines need renewal, so it won’t be a one-time thing.
3. Proper Identification
If the worst happens and you lose your pet, especially when they dash out of the home, then having proper identification is very important because it will help you in finding them. This doesn’t have to be complicated; a safe collar and a tag containing information will do. You can also microchip your pet because a collar can fall off.
The microchip is a grain-sized electronic device that is planted under the skin of a pet and it carries identification information of the pet. To pull up the information, a scanner is used. When you combine these forms of identification, you increase your chance of reuniting with your pet. It is very important to make sure the contact information is up-to-date. If you change your phone number or address, make sure you change the information on the microchip too.
4. Healthy Food
Another aspect of responsible pet ownership is ensuring that your pets have been provided with fresh and cool water and healthy food. Giving your pet healthy food enriches their life because they will always have the nutrients and energy they need. It can be daunting to choose the right food for your pet because there are a lot of options to choose from. You can make things a little easier by familiarising yourself with important ingredients and how they can help your kitty or pup. When it comes to cat food, you need to find a good balance of carbs, proteins, and fats. Having these food groups in your dog’s diet is important, alongside plenty of fibre. Apart from choosing healthy ingredients, it is important to choose a pet food formula that is appropriate to the health condition, age, and activity level of your pet. If you want to switch to a specialised food, talk to the vet first.
5. At-Home Care
As you are the caretaker, you need to make sure your pet has been provided with good hygiene habits at home, the groomer’s or the vet’s office. Combing their coats, brushing their teeth, and healthy food is going to keep them healthy and in great shape. If you are looking to be consistence with your pet care, schedule grooming and hygiene task in your calendar. Combining tasks can make things easier and you will be able to stick to the grooming and hygiene routine.