Helping you care for your pet

Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”

– George Eliot

Helping you care for your pets

Bringing Pet Home

You are making a commitment when you adopt a pet, and your goal should be to become the best pet parent you can be.

It takes determination to stick to your commitment but the benefits of a loving, mutually beneficial connection with your pet are well worth it.

We need to establish a safe, caring home for our pet from the time we first bring them home; they will need to have their own area which should be a peaceful spot in the house.  

Have certain things setup before you bring them home such as a cat tree, a doghouse, a comfortable pet bed, or a blanket on the couch.

Making our pet feel at ease from the start is crucial; each pet reacts differently to being introduced to a new home, but once they’re settled in, I’ve always found that they enjoy exploring their new surroundings and they will love finding all these things you’ve thoughtfully setup for them.

It’s up to us to make sure they have somewhere special to sleep, enough space, objects and toys to keep their minds and bodies active. 

Having lots of toys in your home engages your pet’s senses and keeps them entertained when you’re not available or in the mood to play.

Food-dispensing toys are a terrific option for both cats and dogs, especially if you want to keep them entertained for a long time.

The relationships we have with our Pets.

loving our pets

There’s really no doubt about it, our Pets make us feel great, we love our Pets and they are wonderful companions.

 

They can keep us be more physically active and emotionally balanced.

 

You might be surprised to learn about just how much your Pet can help you improve your level of health and stay healthy.

 

There’s many ways having a pet can improve your health and it can vary from helping your recover from unhappiness and nervousness in your life, lowering your blood pressure and further development of your overall heart wellbeing.

 

Most pet owners understand the joy and excitement that comes with sharing their life with a pet.


Although not everyone fully comprehends the physical and psychological wellness benefits that can result from something as simple as cuddling up to your animal pet through a difficult moment in your life, you’re instantly feeling loved and no longer feeling alone.

 

We’re able to integrate our Pets with our family and most if not all of the time they become a member of the family.


If we were just to focus on dogs for one moment, there have been plenty of articles circulating about how married women who have dogs feel as though they often receive more emotional support from their dogs than others in the family.

 

Our dogs and cats in particular can be so important to our families that we end up humanizing them and if they become ill, there’s no mountain some families wouldn’t move to give their Pet the chance to stay with them a little longer.   


So with all this in mind, it’s extremely important that we look after them and not wait until they become ill to provide the best level of care and support.

take care of your pet

Once your pet is mature enough, create a regular training regimen for him or her to maintain a healthy weight.    Feed your pet nutritious, well-balanced meals on a regular basis, and take him or her to the vet for a check-up on a regular basis.

No matter how much you love your pet, things don’t always go as planned when it comes to their health, and the ordinary pet owner is not trained nor qualified to identify many of their pet’s frequent health issues.

There is a lot that pet owners may learn, but the veterinarian’s involvement in your pet’s life should never be underestimated.

Most lethal pet infections are preventable, and a combination of immunisation and early detection is critical. You surely want to give your pet the best chance of enjoying a long and happy life.    

Please have your veterinarian vaccinate your pet and in addition to maintaining regular Vet appointments for your Pet, learn what daily or weekly checks you should perform.

My Top 10 tips for looking after your pets.

Because your pets cannot communicate with you in any language (at least not yet), understanding their thoughts and feelings might be difficult.

So, how can you tell if you’re a good pet parent? There is no easy method to rank your Pet Parenting efforts but there is no time like the present to start working on becoming the best pet owner you can be.

Here are my top 10 tips for improving your pet-ownership skills and growing closer to your furry little companion:

1.        Regular exercise is beneficial to both dogs and cats to avoid them acquiring a large stomach as pets must burn up the food they consume.       Unfortunately, many of our pets are overweight or obese, which can lead to respiratory issues, diabetes, and liver disease. Exercise will keep you and your pet healthy while also providing a fun bonding experience.

2.        Although basic criteria apply to all pets, each breed is distinct in its own way. Examine whether your pet has any difficulties running around with and making friends with other animals.

3.        If you’re considering adopting a shelter animal, try to learn as much as you can about any trauma they’ve endured.

4.        Certain shots are required for your pets’ long-term health, while others are strongly advised.   The first round of immunizations can be intimidating, but it will save you money and future trips to the veterinarian. Consult your veterinarian about when booster doses should be given so that your pet has minimal problems for the rest of his or her life.

5.        Keep a watch on your dog if you decide to take it to a park or an off-leash area to play. They can easily escape your line of vision and begin consuming stuff they shouldn’t. You should also keep an eye on how they interact with other dogs to avoid them being unduly aggressive or bullied. Early socialisation in these parks is strongly advised to prevent timid or violent behaviour.

6.        Cleaning up after your pet does a ‘Number 2’ in the yard or litter box is critical for maintaining a clean home. Take some ‘poop bags’ with you whenever you take your pet for a walk. Your neighbours will appreciate your efforts to pick up after your pet in parks, along walkways, and in your neighbours’ yards.

7.        Although your pets may live freely, leaving them at home alone on a daily basis is not a good idea. Separation anxiety can cause destructive or attention-seeking behaviour in both dogs and cats..      It may be impossible but if you can manage it, try work out a schedule where you can visit your pet during the day while you’re at work, or enrol them in a pet day-care centre where they can play and have fun all day long.

8.     Be careful about what you feed your pet, do some research on this or simply seek advice from your vet, certain foods can poison them or cause them to choke, sometimes resulting in death. Smaller toys should not be purchased because they are more likely to be eaten.

9.  Obtain a nice place for your pet to lie on and sleep in, as well as a variety of safe and interesting toys.

10.   Make friends with other Pet Parents of a similar type / breed.

My Top 8 Tips for caring for your dog.

dog pays visit to the vet

1.     A balanced amount of healthy food, regular exercise, grooming and Vet appointments will all assist to keep your dog in peak condition.

2.    You should make yourself familiar with your dog’s behaviours, such as eating, drinking, sleeping, and so on, because changes in these habits can signal that he/she isn’t feeling well.

3.    Consult your Vet for advice on canine health and prevention, and get medical assistance if your dog appears to be ill or wounded.

Check your dogs coat and skin daily

4.     Healthy skin and coat for a healthy dog

a.    Healthy skin is smooth and elastic, with no scabs, growths, white flakes, or red patches. It might be pale pink, brown, or black, depending on the breed.

b.    Dogs with spotted or solid coats are more likely to have spotted skin. Examine your dog for fleas, ticks, lice, and other exterior parasites.

c.    Blow gently on your dog’s stomach or brush hair backwards in a few spots to see whether any small flecks flee or ticks cling to the skin.

d.    Flea droppings can appear on your dog’s skin, bed or blanket as black dirt like material.

 

e.    Dandruff, bald spots, and excessive oiliness are all signs of problems with your dogs coat.

Checking your dogs eyes is important to their health

5.     Healthy eyes are bright and gleaming.

a.    Although mucus and watery tears are common, they should be clear and moderate.

b.    The pink lining of the eyelids should not be inflamed, puffy, or yellow-discharged.

c.    The luminous membrane of your dog’s third eyelid can sometimes be observed near the inside corner of an eye.

d.    As they sleep, it may rise to the point where it blocks their vision.

e.    The whites of your dog’s eyes should not be yellowish.

f.    The eyelashes should not be brushed on the eyeball.

Check your dogs ears on a regular basis

6.     Check your dog’s ears on a regular basis.

a.    Inside your dog’s ears, the skin should be pale pink and clean.

b.    A small quantity of yellow or brownish wax is normal, but a considerable amount of wax or crust is unusual.

c.    There should be no redness or swelling inside the ear, and your dog should not scratch or shake their head frequently.

 

d.    Long, drooping ears in dogs may necessitate extra care to keep the inside and outside of the ears dry and clean.

the dogs mouth

7.     Understanding your dog’s nose.

a.    The nose of a dog should normally feel chilly and damp.

b.    Depending on the breed, it can be black, pink, or the same colour as your dog’s coat.

c.    Clear nasal discharge is preferable to yellowish, thick, bubbling, or foul-smelling discharge.

d.    A chilly, wet nose does not always indicate that the dog is well, and a dry, warm nose does not always indicate that he is sick.   Taking their temperature is a more accurate indicator of sickness.

check your dogs mouth

8.     A dogs mouth has a few indicators of health

a.    Gums that are healthy are firm, pink, black, or speckled, just like the dog’s skin.

b.    The teeth of young dogs are smooth and white, but as they get older, they discolour.

c.    I’m fairly certain I read that Puppies have 23 baby teeth and adults have around 42 permanent teeth, depending on the breed.

d.    When adult teeth emerge, they push baby teeth out of the mouth.

e.    Gently converse with your dog, and then place your hand over their snout and lift up the sides of their lips to inspect it.

f.    Examine whether adult teeth are erupting correctly and are not being crowded out by baby teeth.

g.    Check to see if your gums are healthy and if your breath stinks.

h.    Look for soft white matter, as well as hard white, yellow, or brown matter.

i.     Plaque, also known as tartar, should be removed with a brush.

j.     It’s vital to pay additional attention to your dog’s teeth and mouth since oral infections can create serious problems in the gums and other parts of the body, including the heart.

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