Many people buy pets and don’t understand how much attention and care they require! When looking into buying a pet, whether it be a dog or cat- or even a bunny- you must make sure you are able to support its lifestyle and any amenities that it may need! We are going to get into some tips recommended by vets- so you know what to expect or brush up on if you have overlooked some of the following!
1.) Vets want you to regularly take your pet to get check ups. This is crucial when owning an animal. Unless they are expressing obvious signs of distress, most of the time you won’t know when something could be wrong! Vets are there to make sure everything is okay with your beloved pet. They want to make sure they are healthy and happy. Catching any of these problems early is the best thing you could do. Since animals can’t express minimal aches in their body, these problems may go on unnoticed and evolve into bigger problems in the future. They will go over routine checks for teeth, weight control, digestion, as well as vaccinations and parasite control. Regular visits are a must.
2.) If you are not expecting to breed your pet, make sure you get them fixed! No one wants to all of a sudden come to the knowledge you will be a grandmother or father, to an expecting litter of puppies or kittens! If you are not planning on breeding your pets, take them to the vet to get spayed or neutered. These unwanted pets end up on the streets or in adoption centers; and putting unwanted pets in environments where they can’t be properly taken care of is the last thing we want! Not only does it prevent unwanted grandpuppies- it will keep your pet healthier by protecting it from any cancerous cells that could develop.
3.) Getting your pet protected from fleas and ticks is always a crucial matter. These fleas and parasites could cause extreme discomfort and stress for your pet. At some points if it goes uncared for it can lead to infection. Regular treatments of flea and tick medicine are required, especially if you have a pet that likes to frequent the outdoors. The most common parasite affecting dogs and cats are fleas- and the scariest part about this is, tapeworms are the result of ingested fleas. If your pet swallows one of these parasites from biting/itching with their teeth, there is an extremely high chance it will end up ingesting those bugs.
4.) Keep those treats to a minimum! Despite how happy your pet may be to receive treats or have meals throughout the day- the reality is, they will eat anything and whenever. Keeping your pet to a healthy weight is crucial. Obesity in animals can actually trim years off of their lives. Visiting your vet can give you an idea of how much your pet should be ingesting and when. According to WebMD for animals, a small inactive dog needs only 185-370 calories a day. While a 10 lb. cat needs 240-350 daily calories to maintain a healthy weight. Regulation is key for a healthy weight as well as promoting a healthy digestive system.
5.) Hand in hand with flea and tick medication- be sure to get your pet vaccinated. Even if your pet doesn’t frequent the outdoors- there are so many diseases and viruses they could come in contact with. Just like humans with vaccinations, their immune system needs to be able to fight off these infections. Timelines for your pet and their vaccinations can be discussed with your veterinarian.
6.) Even though this is a given- spoil your pet! Make sure they have a happy, friendly environment to be free in. Give them toys and different forms of entertainment. Just like us, what would we do without our reading materials, TV, phones, etc. Animals need stimulation to support a healthy mindset as well as getting some exercise.
7.) Seeing all of those lost pet flyers around your town is heartbreaking- I always wonder if they will ever make it back to their owner. Preventing this from happening to your pet should be number 1. Most of the time collars are lost, scratched off by the pet, or taken off as a comfort but then never put back on, at the same time your dog decides to high-tail it after a bunny. Losing your pet is the most sad thing and I don’t want anyone to experience that! Vets highly recommend getting your pet an ID Microchip. The process is virtually painless for the animal and it is about the size of a grain of rice. This chip gives vets and animal control the ability to scan them and retrieve the owner’s information immediately, guaranteeing a safe return for your pet.
8.) Humans need regular check ups with their dentists and teeth cleanings. Pets, however, do not get those reminders in the mail telling them it’s time to visit their dentist. You are responsible for making sure their teeth are pretty and pearly. Vets recommend taking your pet to visit them very often for dental check ups. Gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth pain are extremely painful for us, imagine how your beloved pet feels when there is no advil for them. Gum disease is estimated to show in both dogs and cats by age 3, according to WebMD for animals, this is also the reason for most tooth loss, abscesses, and chronic pain. Vets can recommend different treatments for you to handle your pet’s dental care, just ask them!
9.) Leading to my next point, NEVER give your pet human medications. Just because advil and ibuprofen work for humans without any harsh side effects, does not mean it will have the same effect on your pet. Always take your animals to the vet if they are experiencing any pain. Veterinarians can give them appropriate medications for their specific troubles. Immediately make an appointment to visit them if your pet is in distress.
10.) The most overlooked issue with transporting pets is restraints! Restraining your pet during travel is something everyone should review. When you travel in your car, you would never risk not wearing your seat belt- no matter how safe of a driver you are, there is always someone else on the road that may cause an accident. Animals, especially dogs have an even harder time sitting upright in a moving car. If you stop short, they could be seriously injured by falling off of the seat or banging into something, even worse if you have loose objects in your trunk or back seat. Safety of your pets is always something that should be taken into consideration. Never allow your pet to take the passenger’s seat as the air bag could seriously injure your pet as well. It is recommended you always use a carrier or dog seat belt- both of which you can find easily online or in stores.
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