When I was a new pet owner I was always extremely stressed. I was always wondering if I was doing the right thing, giving the right food, and taking proper care of my little furry bundles of joy. I thought it would be a good idea to put together some basic tips for any new pet owners out there to get you on the right track and put your mind at ease.
Collars and leashes
Dogs mainly require a leash when out with its owner so a collar that fits is essential. Collars come in an array of colors and sizes. Depending on the size of the dog, the owner should buy accordingly. Owners should also keep in mind that the fur on the dog will be thick or thin depending on the season. Owner should buy collars that are adjustable.
Fur coats tend to be thicker which in that case the collar may fit too tight around the neck of the dog. Summer season will have the opposite effect and the collar may slip off. If you wish to buy a harness collar for your furry friend also be mindful of the season change as well.
So now that we have collars covered,we’re on to leashes. If your new addition to your home is on the small size or a puppy buying a short leash is always fitting. Retractable leashes also can be of service when training the young pup. Larger dogs who are trained or not could use an extended leash just to move around a bit more.
Cat lives matter too, let’s not leave them out of the equation. If your furry feline friend is quiet, mysterious maybe a little mischievous you may want to buy a collar with a bell on it. Cats fur changes, however not as much as dogs, so you can find a collar that is adjustable.
The most important thing that an owner can do for their furry friend is buy a name tag. Branding your animal so to speak will allow for other people to return the animal to its rightful owner. The tag should have the name of the animal, address and phone number for identification purposes.
Shots and Vaccines
People undergo a variety of shots and vaccines. Animals, though some may not think so, are just like people too. Shots and vaccinations protect our furry friends from a slew of dangerous bacteria and viruses.
Small animals like hamsters and guinea pigs may only need one shot a birth, but larger animals such cats and dogs need annual shots and vaccinations. Cats and dogs may carry bacteria, viruses and rabies when not vaccinated. Owners should visit the nearest veterinary facility days after a litter is born in order to keep them safe. If the animal is older, they should return yearly to the vet to receive the rabies vaccination and anything else that may be necessary.
Grooming, fleas and ticks
It is very important to keep your animal and their living quarters clean and tick/flea free. If you notice your animal scratching vigorously it may be time to take them to see a vet specialist or buy flea and tick applicators. If you take the “buy off the shelf” route, make sure you buy the most trusted brand so you don’t have to continue to repurchase the applicator again. Carefully read the directions on the box and apply when necessary.
If you take the veterinarian route, ask questions and understand the procedure they will perform on your pet. Grooming your pet will also make them feel great. Bathing is key, whether it’s at home or at a grooming place. Use soap according to the animal and size of animal. Towel dry and brush their coat until completely dry. Its highly recommended by vets that you file the nails of your animals.
Grooming doesn’t stop with just washing your pet, you should also wash their bedding and blankets for a proper clean. If you have smaller pets that live in cages or tanks, such as fish, hamster’s, snake’s, hermit crabs etc. you should thoroughly wash and re-bed the cage or tank on a regular basis.
Staying active and Outdoors
Pets who have the opportunity to hangout outside, like dogs, should have the chance to socialize and interact with other dogs. Seasons will affect your dog’s mood, for instance winter in some states will change your dog’s personality as they’re no longer able to play outside. Summer will excite your dog because they get to play outside more often. Remember that if your dog’s fur will grow short you may want to buy a sweater to keep them warm in the winter.
Summer will bring the heat, so dog sunscreen or spray will help protect their skin along with frequent water breaks. When keeping your dog inside a vehicle remember to roll down the windows during the summer. Keep dogs off hot asphalt as their paws can’t withstand the heat.
Cats make their own fun, sometimes on our couches, so you should buy some catnip and scratchers to keep them entertained away from the couch. Smaller animals that are bound to cages should utilize a wheel or a ball to retain exercise or hop around like our bunny friends. Staying active and being outdoors will reduce stress on the animal and delay any health and muscle problems.
These helpful tips will keep your pets safe! Owners round up your furry squad and hit the parks and beaches and have some safe pet fun!