It is really an exciting moment to bring a new pet into your house. However, if this is your first pet, we know the excitement will exceed our imagination. Taking care of animals, even if you already have one or two pets, typically comes with a plethora of questions. As a pet owner, we always want to provide the best things in terms of care and comfort for our lovely pets.
It’s a huge task to look after animals. If you emphasize your pet’s health and happiness, dogs and cats may be excellent additions to your family. In this article, we will provide some valuable information regarding the care of lovely pets at home, focusing mostly on dogs and cats. These tips will definitely help you to make a comfortable environment inside of your home for your new family member. So, let’s start….
Similar to human beings, adequate nutrition from high-quality food is essential for your pet animals like dogs or cats. After bringing your puppy or adult pets into your house, make sure that there’s an adequate supply of high-quality dog/cat food. The American Society for the Prevention for Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reported that a puppy requires at least 3 to 4 meals per day. And when it reaches into 1 year, one or two meals is usually enough for them with plenty of fresh and clean water. ASPCA also mentioned including an essential amino acid named “taurine” in the food of your cat. You also need to consult with your veterinarian before changing or adding some ingredients into the diet of your pets.
Providing a safe environment is a key part of taking care of your pets. This ensures proper growth and development of your pet’s well-being, as well as a hygienic environment, which will keep your pet from various diseases. Your dogs or cats can easily infect with plenty of germs if kept in poor condition. This ultimately increases your veterinary cost and leads your pet’s life into a serious problem. Sometimes you may need to set a thermostat to keep your pet safe and cozy. This will control the indoor temperature and ensure the maximum comfort of your adorable companion. For both indoor and outdoor pets, it’s vital to implant tags, collars, or microchips to secure them by knowing their position.
The routine veterinary examination helps every pet owner to avoid unnecessary health problems of their pet animals. If you have a puppy, you definitely need to visit your vet first when there’re about 3 weeks of age. The visit may include a routine physical examination to check for any gross problems. You should discuss the probable deworming and vaccination schedule of your pups or kittens during the first visit. Also, many pet owners prefer to neuter or spay their dogs or cats, so it’s better to talk directly with your vet about this issue. Most veterinarians prefer at least over 6 months to neuter or spay your dog and more than 5 months for a cat. Besides these, schedule to come again for regular veterinary examination of your pet per annum. Despite these, if any emergency occurs or your pet develops some signs or symptoms of diseases such as weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of energy, immediately call your vet and visit him.
Several bacterial and viral diseases can put our pet animals’ life at great risk. These diseases may include rabies, parvovirus, panleukopenia virus, calicivirus, leukemia virus, distemper, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, etc. Only vaccination in regular time can save our lovely dogs and cats from these deadliest diseases. According to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), puppies should be vaccinated against rabies and other core diseases between 3 to 16 weeks of their age. These vaccines should be given as boosters after one year. For kittens, the first vaccinations should start in between 6 to 8 weeks and boosters should be given in every year.
Finally, it’s time to take your pet outside of your home. If you own a dog, they must undergo some essential puppy training process that includes socialization training and others to be an obedient dog in the future. This training varies according to the purpose of these dogs. For example, some guard dogs like German Shepherd require special training, while you may be happy with your Pitbull with some basic socialization training. Proper training can prevent developing boredom in your dog. Exercises are also essential for your dog and cats to burn extra calories. This stimulates their mind and keeps them healthy and fit. The exercise of a dog varies according to its weight, breed, size, sex, and health condition. As a responsible pet owner, you also need to make time for grooming your pet animals. This helps to reduce the shedding of their fur and prevents external parasites (such as tick or flea) contamination.
To conclude, it’s easy to bring a pet to your house then take care of them. Taking care of your pet comprises immense love, dedication, passion, and patience. That’s how you can build a strong connection with your lovely pet. This will definitely help both of you to live a healthy life.