Having a pet around comes with a lot of perks. In addition to the unconditional love they give us, pets are also proven to help relieve stress for their humans making for a healthier, happier, and longer life for all. But, all of this love and support still requires a great deal of care and attention to your part. It is our job, as pet owners, to provide them with stability, safety, food, shelter, exercise, etc. to ensure they live a comfortable life. It’s a rewarding give and take that makes for a happy ending for all!
Of course, caring for a pet isn’t always easy or even straight-forward. So, we’ve put together a list of general, proactive pet care tips to help ensure you’re able to provide the best for your pet. Here are a few essential strategies that must be incorporated into your regular care routine so that you can spend more time bonding with your four-legged companion and less time worrying:
- Bedding – Our pets are family members, and as such, it’s important for them to feel like they’re part of the family. That includes having their own designated space within your home to settle down. By providing comfortable bedding away from foot traffic and other household interruptions, you can easily create a small sanctuary for them to retreat to when in need.
- Food Storage – Pets and all of their accompanying supplies can take up quite a bit of space in your home, especially when it comes to all of that food. So, make sure you create a space specifically designated for food storage. Dry food is best kept in air-tight containers for freshness. These are also useful because they come in many sizes that can fit into all sorts of spaces within your home. Ultimately, you want to be able to seamlessly incorporate your pet’s routine into your daily routine and use patterns. Thus, making caregiving easier on yourself and more rewarding.
- Destressing – Pets, and dogs in particular, can become quite stressed in times of abnormal circumstance. So, it’s important to know how to mitigate stress in your pet’s life to help them stay calm. Take parties or thunderstorms, for example. These are two situations outside of the norm that can get your pet worked up amidst the chaos. Your pet might become fearful or nervous and start acting out or cower in a corner. To help them better cope, you can introduce them to a safe environment, such as a room closed off from the chaos, or provide a special blanket for their bed, or simply sit with them and cuddle – anything to let them know that they are safe in their surroundings.
- Staying Cool – One point of comfort and an overall health consideration that pet owners need to keep in mind at all times is how best to regulate your pet’s body temperature. Pets can quite easily become overheated with too much exposure to high temperatures. But, you can learn to help recognize the signs of heat exhaustion, and keep supplies readily available in the event of an emergency. For example, having things like fruit-filled ice cubes around can be incredibly helpful to bring their body temperature back down or just maintain comfort levels (even in the winter when the heat is turned up), and it doubles as a refreshing treat.
By taking a proactive, thoughtful approach to setting up a home for your pet, you and they will no longer have to worry about the daily hassles and stresses that can come with pet care. Everyone will be able to enjoy a simpler, happier life together.