Being a good pet parent.

Pet Parenting and Pet Care.

The Important Role of Your Veterinarian in Your Pet’s Life.

As pet owners, we all want the best for our furry friends. We provide them with love, care, and a nurturing environment.

However, one crucial aspect of ensuring their well-being often goes overlooked – regular visits to the veterinarian. Your veterinarian plays a vital role in both your pet’s life and your life, and their expertise and guidance are invaluable in maintaining your pet’s health and happiness.

Interacting with Your Veterinarian.

When you visit a veterinarian, you are not just taking your pet for a routine check-up. It is an opportunity to build a relationship with a trusted professional who will work alongside you to ensure the best possible health for your beloved pet.

Veterinarians are highly trained to provide comprehensive care for animals and offer invaluable advice and support to pet owners.  During your visits, your veterinarian will take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and address any issues you may have regarding your pet’s health.

They will perform a thorough examination, including checking your pet’s vital signs, assessing their overall condition, and conducting any necessary tests or vaccinations.

This interaction allows your veterinarian to gain a deeper understanding of your pet’s unique needs and develop a tailored healthcare plan.  A good veterinarian is more than just an animal doctor; at least based on the vets I’ve met over the years. 

Vets tend to love pets more than the average person and appreciate it when people invest time and money to ensure the health of their pets, as it leads to longer and happier lives for their furry little friends.

When you first bring home a new pet, you should try to get your pet scheduled for an initial Vet inspection as soon as possible.

You must make sure your pet is vaccinated your pet against any diseases that are known to be fatal, including as distemper, parvo and rabies.  Additionally, regardless of the health status assurances you received from the people who sold you your pet, getting this initial Vet inspection done sooner rather than later could save you thousands of dollars in the long run and potentially a lot of heartbreak.  

For instance, if you find out from this initial inspection that your pet has a rather serious illness, you will need to know what your options are.   As much as it’s unthinkable to even discuss this possible scenario, if you purchased your pet from a credible pet shop, you should be able to return your pet for a full refund or exchange and your Vet will be able to provide you with documentation to assist with this process.  

Or, if you have already established a strong bond with your pet and are fully prepared to provide all the care he or she will need, your Vet can shine a light on the costs associated for caring for a Pet with that particular ailment.  

If it does work out you can afford everything required, your Vet can often set you up with a care plan that you can have deducted from your bank account.   This way when your Regular Vet Visits occur, you may not need to pay much at all.

On the other hand, if you are a low income or welfare dependent family and are sure these costs would be beyond your financial means and you’re unable to return your Pet, your Vet may be able to assist you with advice or options for re-homing or possibly taking your pet to the RSPCA to see if they can take your pet off your hands.

I understand all of this must sound dreadful, but if you can’t afford the time or money to care for a very ill pet, please don’t let your pet suffer from a lack of medication or therapies; it’s far preferable to put a ‘Plan B’ in place as soon as possible.

My Top 10 Ways Vet Visits Ensure Your Pet's Best Possible Health.

The Ways You Vet Helps Your Pet

Regular visits to the veterinarian, starting from day one and continuing every six months, offer numerous benefits for your pet’s well-being.

Here are my top 10 ways these visits ensure the best possible health of your pet:

1.    Early Detection of Health Issues: Regular check-ups allow your veterinarian to identify any potential health problems early on, increasing the chances of successful treatment and recovery.

2.   Vaccinations: Your veterinarian will ensure that your pet receives all the necessary vaccinations to protect them from common diseases and infections.

3.   Parasite Prevention: Regular visits enable your veterinarian to provide preventive measures against parasites such as fleas, ticks, and worms, keeping your pet safe and comfortable.

4.   Dental Care: Your veterinarian will assess your pet’s dental health and provide guidance on proper oral hygiene, preventing dental diseases and ensuring fresh breath.

5.   Nutritional Guidance: Your veterinarian can offer advice on the best diet for your pet’s specific needs, ensuring they receive the right balance of nutrients for optimal health.

6.   Behavioural Support: If you have concerns about your pet’s behaviour, your veterinarian can provide guidance and recommend appropriate training or behavioural modification techniques.

7.   Senior Pet Care: As your pet ages, regular visits become even more important. Your veterinarian will monitor their health closely and provide specialized care to address age-related issues.

8.   Preventive Blood Tests: Regular blood tests can help detect underlying health conditions that may not be immediately apparent, allowing for early intervention and treatment.

9.   Emergency Preparedness: Building a relationship with your veterinarian ensures that you have a trusted resource to turn to in case of emergencies or unexpected health concerns.

10.        Peace of Mind: Regular veterinary visits provide peace of mind, knowing that you are doing everything you can to keep your pet healthy and happy.

By prioritising regular visits to the veterinarian, you are taking an active role in safeguarding your pet’s well-being.

Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

Your veterinarian is your partner in ensuring the best possible health for your much-loved pet.

DIY Home check-ups in between Vet Visits.

Don’t wait for your pet to become ill before introducing them to a vet, dogs, like us humans, require regular medical exams to stay healthy.  Dogs require more regular exams than people because they age faster.  Give your dog a quick and easy home exam in between your planned vet appointments.   

It is ideal to do your checks while your dog is calm and in a quiet area of the house away from any commotion.

If you do identify something that’s not quite right at home during a check up, please refrain from spending too much time trying to web diagnose the problem, instead of that, grab your phone and get your pet booked in with your vet as soon as possible.

Let’s Keep Your Pet Safe From Day 1.

keeping our pets safe

We love our cats and dogs as if they were our own furry little children, despite the fact that they might not be little humans.

They are our little buddies and we’ll do just about anything for them.

As soon as possible after bringing a new pet home, be sure to put a couple of things in place to help your pet get back home safely if they should ever wander off.

Make sure your pet gets a microchip and registered with both (1) Your local council, and (2) Central Animal Records (CAR).  

Purchase your pet a nice comfy collar and be sure to attach both the council tag, the CAR tag as well as a personalized tag (optional), the idea is make sure they are walking around with all the information someone would need to make sure they get returned to you.

This is why the microchips are so important, all vets and councils will have RFID readers and you can even buy them yourself, so if you were to happen upon a wayward pet that is without the all important collar, you can scan the microchip and get those worrying parents back in touch with their much loved pet.

Something I’ve not done myself yet but recently learnt about is that it’s apparently possible to (1) Purchase Reflective Collars & (2) Apply reflective tape to the outside of your pet’s collar.   

Both options sound like great ideas and I can visualise how they would definitely make your Pet safer.

Not only could this small action save his or her life if they go out into the street, but it would also make it simpler to find your pet at night if he or she is allowed free reign of the backyard.

Pet exercise is something you should never overlook.

The Importance Of Walking Your Pet

Keeping your pet in great shape requires some effort on your part.   Sometimes you will naturally struggle to get motivated to walk your dog around the block after a long day at work however, you’re not alone.

Even though we all know that walking our dog at least once a day is essential, sometimes it is very hard to get going but please be sure to do it.   To help get you motivated for walking your dog every day, keep a few motivational tips at eye level around the house and keep things simple with a walking routine that’s going to be easy to stick to.

The hardest part is establishing your routine to begin with, but once the routine turns into a habit, it becomes second nature (like going to the gym).  We’ve all experienced how excited our dogs get when you indicate that it’s time to go for a walk.   It’s a really important time for them and they absolutely look forward to it.  

Our dogs don’t get to decide when it’s time to go for a walk; they rely on us and the walk you give them when you get home from work is the highlight of their day.   A walk isn’t just a chance for our dogs to get some exercise; it’s also a chance for them to get out and explore the world.

Remembering how happy your canine buddy is when you go for a walk every day may also help you keep to the routine as well as keep them happy and healthy.  Many dog breeds are prone to a variety of health issues and daily exercise can make a huge difference in their overall health.

It also gives them a chance to burn off a build-up of excess energy that’s built up through the course of the day with proper physical activity that’s also mentally stimulating.

Combining your daily exercise with correct nutrition and lots of affection, assures good overall health.   A daily routine is beneficial to our pets. Bedtime, playtime, meals, and bathroom breaks should all be scheduled around the same time each day.

Get your pet hooked up on their local social scene.

The Pet Social Scene

Regardless of their personality or how much time they spend around other animals at home, every pet needs to interact with others of similar species and other people.

Dogs definitely benefit from socialization and allows them develop into healthy, well-adjusted pets.

You should start introducing your dog to new people, animals, locations, and experiences as soon as possible, especially if he or she is still a puppy.

If you’ve recently moved to a new area and don’t know many other pet owners in the area, there are plenty of phone apps and web based social media based pet playgroups you can connect with. 

The apps can even assist you in finding a playmate for your dog.

This is not only an excellent method for pets to meet new people, but it may also give you with some socialization opportunities.  

Pet social interactions help them to practice important training skills and learn new behaviours.

Try not to let the pet population get out of control.

Most of us are good with allowing our pets to socialize but not every pet parent thinks about the consequences of letting their cat or dog socialize a little too much, especially if they are not sterilized.

Every year, thousands of unwanted litters are born via unsterilized dogs or cats and too many of them:

1.    End up in shelters

2.   Become feral after being dumped out into forests

3.   Are placed outside and ignored and then they end up wandering the streets trying to find food and possibly a new home.

All three of the above outcomes are incredibly sad and these instances must be avoided.  

By having your dog or cat sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens and prevent some of these truly terrible situations taking place.  Unless you are going into business as a registered pet breeder, you should be getting your pets spayed or neutered as soon as possible.

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