You’re absolutely crazy about your dog, and you’re not afraid to show it. But all the treats, toys, fancy collars, and comfy beds might not be enough when caring for your furry friend. Being a loving pet owner also means being a responsible one. There are ways of taking care of your loyal friend on a daily, weekly and even monthly basis that can help you prevent potential illnesses and high-cost vet visits. Now you can love and care for your pet while saving tons with the following tips!
Feed them properly
Good pet care starts with the right food. Make sure what you’re feeding your animal is exactly what they need in terms of nutritional value and amounts according to their weight, activity level, and age. Overfeeding can cause an entirely different host of issues, namely obesity, which can be difficult to manage.
“An obese animal is not a healthy animal; they often have less energy and it is harder for them to get around [to] go for walks and get up and down stairs,” Dr. Carter, DVM at the MSPCA Angell Shalit-Glazer Clinic says. “A dog that can run and jump will be much happier and have much better mental and physical health.”
Time to go to the Vet
Regular visits to the vet can significantly improve the early diagnosis and treatment of issues which may impact on your dog’s health.
There’s a commonly held belief that one year in a dog’s life is equivalent to seven years of yours. According to the experts from LoveThatPet.com, that isn’t exactly accurate, but it’s true that your dog does age faster than you do. This means that age-related diseases may develop before you expect them, and take you by surprise.
Your vet can help you to put together a preventative health care plan for your dog for the next 6-12 months so he doesn’t become ill with a disease that could have been avoided. You can discuss with them which vaccines he needs and how often, and which is the best product to control heartworm, fleas and intestinal worms.
Pay attention to the vaccination calendar
Vaccinations have become commonplace for dogs today, as they can effectively prevent potentially serious canine diseases like distemper, rabies, and hepatitis. Not only can regular vaccinations protect your pet’s health, they can also keep the human members of your family healthy as well — some canine illnesses can be transferred to humans.
Please check with your local animal services center or the Humane Society for free or reduced vaccination fees.
Insurance or Savings for a rainy day
Whether your pet is strong and healthy or it’s prone to getting sick quite often, we suggest you have a “Pet Fund” – just in case of an emergency! There are also affordable pet insurance plans that can help tremendously in the event of a major surgery or accident.
If you don’t plan to breed your pet, the best option is to have it neutered or spayed.
By spaying or neutering your dog, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also other benefits that result from neutering or spaying your furry friend:
- Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
- Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals. In addition, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
- Your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and toys after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering as well.
Spaying/neutering your pets is also highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter!
Exercise and Love
Make your puppy happy and take it for a walk every day! Besides keeping them healthy and strong, dogs that exercise regularly tend to be more calm when at home, thus preventing those “eating” accidents like your favorite shoes, your Channel glasses or even the corner of your sofa!