If you and your family have chosen to become pet parents in this new year, then your goal should be to provide the safest and most loving environment possible in order to keep your new furry family member happy and healthy. Are you prepared for the work ahead? Raising a pet is incredibly rewarding work that requires real responsibility and care on your part.
From hygiene to diet, exercise, mental health and more, keeping your pet happy and healthy is a daily discipline just like anything else. Daily care duties are important, but so are those monthly and yearly care milestones, like expert veterinary checkups. For new pet parents, the endless list of responsibilities can seem overwhelming at times, but it doesn’t have to be.
We’ve prepared a checklist of care tasks for you to study now, so that you can better organize and visualize the dedication that lies ahead.
Here are some regular care tasks to maintain in order to ensure your pet’s well-being:
- Consider microchipping your pet when they first come into your life. This only has to be done once, and it ensures that they are able to be found should they ever become separated from your care.
- Fresh food and water each day is essential! A balanced diet tailored to your pet’s specific breed and needs will help them maintain strong bodies and minds.
- Make training an essential part of your routine. Whether young or old, it’s never too early or too late to train your pet. It’s not only beneficial to you; it’s also beneficial to your pet’s safety.
- Dedicate time at least once a day to clean up after your pet. Maintaining a clean bathroom area is essential, as bacteria, not to mention those horrible smells, can buildup and wreak havoc on your pet and your home surroundings.
- Take time to brush your pet at least once a week. This helps to keep their fur clean and mat-free while distributing those essential oils that keeps their coat healthy.
- Prioritize exercise and play time. Dogs need to be walked every day for at least 30 minutes. And, all pets should be given dedicated attention in order to keep their bodies active and their minds stimulated in order to stave off boredom and depression.
- Don’t forget to clean beds and toys every so often. These items get dirty over time, collecting all kinds of germs and bacteria that can eventually make your pet sick.
- Make a point to replace toys as needed. Old toys get dirty and gross but also present choking hazards as they get destroyed and disintegrate with age and use.
- Consult with your veterinarian for heartworm, flea and tick medications for your specific pet and their surroundings.
- Never neglect veterinary checkups! Preventive care is the best care, so mark your calendars! Most pets simply require once a year checkups while younger pets and senior pets may require twice a year checkups.
If you ever have any questions about your pet’s specific care and needs, don’t hesitate to call us. Their well-being is not only your priority, it’s ours.