September is Self-Improvement Month. It is the perfect time to make ourselves better in our own little way, including being a better pet owner. Furry friends provide a fun way to relieve stress and they also offer steady companionship, but being a pet owner is a big responsibility. As life gets busy, it can be difficult to always give our pets the time and attention they deserve.
Some people do not realize how much responsibility comes with owning a pet until it’s too late. Before you get a pet, make sure you understand how to care properly for one. Pets not only need food and water, but they need constant attention, love, care, nurturing, and medical attention.
What Can You Do for Your Pets?
To keep your pet healthy, it is essential to bring your pets to a veterinarian at least once a year. Just like humans, dogs, cats, horses, and other pets can develop diseases such as arthritis, heart problems, allergies, and even toothaches. Annual visits to the vet can do a lot to maintain the overall health of your pet.
Parasites are one of the common health concerns of pets. Regular bathing and grooming can help your pet stay parasite-free. If not treated, parasites can cause hair loss, skin irritation, infection, spots, atopic dermatitis, etc. Your veterinarian can prescribe products that can keep pets free from fleas and parasites.
Pet owners often make the mistake of overfeeding their pets. Just because a pet is round and plump does not mean it is healthy. Just like in humans, obesity in pets can lead to higher health risks. Keep your pet’s weight within the ideal range and keep them active through walking and exercise.
Vaccinations are also crucial to pets. Vaccinations protect them from life-threatening diseases that may develop. Regular and updated vaccinations against common diseases such as rabies, distemper, canine hepatitis, and parvovirus can make a difference.
Another way to keep your pets healthy is through spaying and neutering. It is a fact that millions of pets are abandoned every year. If you have no plans of taking care of more than one pet, it is best to spay or neuter your pet.