Our pets are a part of our family and we would and should do whatever it takes to keep them healthy and happy. Check out our pet care Dos and Don’ts.
FEEDING YOUR PET
Whether you just got your pet or you’ve had it a long time, it’s important to make sure you’re feeding it right!
Read the ingredients just as you would with your own food. Many pet foods claim to be healthy but are not. If you’re not sure which ingredients your pet needs, consult your veterinarian.
*DON’T OVERFEED YOUR PET…
They look at us with those eyes, and we can’t help but give them extra little treats or second helpings of food. Feeding your pet too much creates extra weight, which in turn can lead to expensive health problems and even early death.
*DO GIVE YOUR PET PLENTY OF WATER…
As it does in humans, water flushes out the system and keeps your pet healthy. A surprising number of health problems may occur if your pet isn’t drinking enough water.
*DON’T TRY TO FEED YOUR DIET…
There are so many reasons why it might make sense to have your pet eat the same diet as you. Makes grocery shopping similar, you might not feel that different from your pet, but in this case we are. So, while you might think a lizard would prefer your burger keep it to the insects till you’ve gotten the vet’s A-Okay.
GROOMING YOUR PET
The nose knows exactly when your pet needs a bath, but there are some important dos and don’ts to follow when it comes to this area of pet care.
*DON’T BATHE YOUR PET TOO OFTEN..
Animals are prone to dry skin. Not only will your pet be itchy and uncomfortable, but your home will be filled with allergy-inducing pet dander.
*DO USE SUPPLEMENTS
Animal supplements fill dietary voids and help protect your pet’s skin from dryness.
*DO TREAT YOUR PET FOR FLEAS AND TICKS
“Frontline is the best product for treating flea and tick infestation and for preventing future problems,” says …… Treat your pet before your living space becomes overrun with these pests.
*DON’T USE HAIR DRYERS DESIGNED FOR HUMANS
Just like humans can get a chill while bathing, pets can too. If you’re bathing outdoors, do so only when the weather is over 70 degrees. Otherwise, bathe in the house, and don’t be tempted to use the hair dryer to warm your pet up. The heat from hair dryers can cause itchy and dry skin for your pet, and could burn their sensitive skin. Towel dry them well and allow them to air dry indoors until they’re completely dry so that your pet isn’t susceptible to chills.
ENJOYING YOUR PET
Sharing your life with an animal has great benefits and can bring you great joy.
*DO MAKE SURE YOUR PET GETS PLENTY OF EXERCISE
Walk your dog every day, especially if it’s confined to the indoors or a small yard. Make sure your cat has plenty of toys that stimulate the senses.
*DO INVESTIGATE HOLISTIC WAYS TO KEEP YOUR PET HEALTHY
Do some online research and more importantly, talk to your vet about natural options for keeping your pet healthy and happy.
CHOOSING YOUR PET!
Certified professional cat trainer Alexander Bondzie of University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Central Region, offers this very important “Do”:
*DO KNOW YOUR ANIMAL!
“Before adopting any animal, educate yourself about such things as the species-specific traits and the ‘normal behaviors’ of that particular animal. It helps set you up for realistic expectations.”
This list is far from being complete, so if you have anything that can be added to this list, then please share them with us in the comments!