Now that you have a fabulous and new favourite family member, I'm sure you can't wait to play with him or her all day. While I recommend many play hours per day, raising a pet is a big responsibility and here are a few facts every pet parent should keep in mind when it comes to their pet's healthcare.
While some animals may require more exercise than others, a pet parent needs to schedule an activity in their pets' daily routine. While dogs may enjoy long walks or playing fetch, cats tend to stay indoors and can play games like trying to catch a toy that is hung from a stick. I advise pet parents to get involved as much as possible as these daily activities have significant benefits for both you and your pet. It helps grow your bond with your pet while taking your mind off everyday worries or just getting in a little exercise yourself.
Like we help our children to socialise by sending them to school and other kid gatherings, the same is essential for our pets. You need to socialise your pet with not just humans but also other animals. A high number of distinct social interactions have many benefits for your pets' mental health. This also helps to nurture a less aggressive attitude amongst animals.
Being informed is every pet parents responsibility. There are many things you need to be informed about, consider the following. Knowing about your pet's background helps vets determine any problems they may be facing, especially when the problem may be hereditary. Knowing your pet's blood group information will come very handy in case of emergencies. Have you looked into what is the best diet for your pet and what foods to avoid? Many common household food items could be poisonous to your pet, so be careful. Consulting your vet or an animal nutritionist every so often is a must.
Maintaining your pet's hygiene goes a long way in their mental and physical wellbeing. Consult a vet to enquire about the best hygiene routine for your pet. Hygiene routines vary vastly between different types of animals, even between breeds of dogs. Hygiene routines also vary upon the amount of time your pet spends outside the house and his/her exposure to dust and mud. Bathe your pets regularly as advised by the vet, keep them dry in the monsoon season, clip their nails when required. Taking an interest in your pet's hygiene can avoid many unwanted situations such as skin infections, nail infections etc.