Improve the Life of Your Pet

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills

 


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Easy Ways to Improve the Life of Your Pet

If you are a pet owner, you no doubt want your furry, feathered, or scaly friend to have the best quality of life possible. Here are some tips for ensuring that your pet will live a long, healthy, and happy life.

Make Time Every Day For Play

Especially for dogs, attention is essential to a healthy lifestyle. You can do this by giving them undivided time when you get home from work, or taking them out on a walk at the same time every morning, afternoon, or evening. Birds and cats also require high amounts of attention, so be sure to consider that factor when you are adopting your animal friend. When your pet is given the right amount of love by you and your family, they are much less likely to develop behavioral problems that stem from lack of attention. Animals need emotional connection just as much as human beings do.

Try Adding Supplements to Their Diet

Sometimes your animal may not be getting the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that they need. For instance, cats require a diet high in animal protein, so you may want to consider incorporating condensed nutrition into their food. Other supplements that affect your pet’s well being include collagen and chlorella growth factor, which is present in an algae that contains high amounts of Vitamin B12. If you feel that your pet is suffering from nutrient deficiencies, it is a good idea to bring it up with your veterinarian, so that they can perform an examination and necessary blood work to determine the source of the problem. It could an easy fix, such as changing to a diet with more fiber or taking a supplement every day.

Get Them Groomed Regularly

Depending on the type of pet you have, you will have different requirements for grooming and keeping them clean. For instance, cats are fairly self-sufficient and only require a bath if they are dirtier than usual. Dogs, however, require a more rigorous schedule, which usually includes daily brushing, getting a bath and trim every one to two months, and nail clippings. If you have a bird, you will need to get their nails trimmed every four to six weeks, as well as help them bathe if they are having a hard time reaching all parts of their body. When your pet is clean, it can cut down on risk of infection and they will be much happier as a result.

Ensure They are Up to Date on Vaccinations

Vaccinations are just as important for pets as they are for human counterparts. When you visit the veterinarian, be sure to ask your vet if your pet needs to catch up on shots in order to be protected. Some of the most common but most important vaccinations for pets include rabies and lyme disease. You can let your pet interact with other animals and feel much more at ease when you know that they will have a barrier against catching potentially deadly diseases from other animals.

Consider Switching to a Better Food Brand

In the past couple of decades, a burgeoning market has emerged championing foods with whole ingredients and much better main sources of protein, rather than fillers. This movement is especially pertinent in the dog and cat food industries. If you find out that your preferred brand is not as healthy as you think, then you may want to try a new food that will provide your pet with the nutrients that it needs to thrive. Remember, when you are switching foods, phase out the old food and ease in the new food by slowly making replacements, so that your dog or cat does not have digestive problems.

If you have a pet, you do not have to worry about providing it with everything it needs to have a great life. With these tips, you and your pet can focus on spending time together.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.