Proper Pet Care 101 | Pet Guardian Angels of America
Worried about your furry little friend? Don’t know the first thing about pet care? Jordan Walker, the lead content curator of Coops And Cages, shares with us the essentials to pulling off proper pet care
Pets can reward us with very close bonds and precious companionship. That is, if they live long enough to appreciate our dedication to them. For a pet to live long, they need a well-educated owner who strives to give their pets only the best. Here are some examples on how you can effectively practice proper pet care.
First Aid Kit
Just like humans, pets can also get into trouble or accidents. When this happens, it would be convenient to have a first aid kit around.
The kit should have the basic necessities for disinfection, blood control and repair such as bandages, cotton swabs, rubbing alcohol, first aid tape and hydrogen peroxide.
Additionally, scissors, mineral oil, eye wash, antibacterial ointment and antiseptic wipes would also do nicely.
The first aid kit should also have contents that are aimed for remedying or detecting fevers. As such, you should also pack a thermometer, buffered aspirin and a hot and cold pack.
Sometimes, you will also need things to restrain or support your pet. They may exhibit unusual behavior when they are hurt or sick. It is important to have a leash, muzzle, gloves and a splint on hand for such occasions.
Lastly, it won’t hurt to bring along your pet’s papers as well as a first aid guide. You should tuck these away with bottles of water and any other drugs your pet may need.
Supply Healthy Food
Nourishment also falls under proper pet care. Your pet’s general health as well as their energy levels are all dependent on what you feed them. Like humans, pets will need a balanced diet. This means a decent amount of protein followed by grains, vitamins and clean water.
Aside from their daily nutrients, it is also vital that you know what types of food are harmful for your pet. A little food poisoning may not be harmful for us but for pets, they can be deadly. Some of the common foods that are dangerous for animals to consume include chocolates, coffee, grapes, onions, raisins and alcohol.
Lastly, pets should not be fed on an “as-needed” or “when-remembered” basis. Regulation is a must in order for them to maintain a regular metabolic cycle and also keeps them far from obesity or hunger. Vets and other specialists can usually advise you on feeding schedules.
Pets also need to have a place they can call their own. This is where they’ll go when they want to rest or get some time alone. Sometimes, they’ll also need this to escape extreme weather.
Dogs have varying coats but almost all of them easily succumb to skin cancer. As such, they should have protection against the piercing rays of the sun or the cold weather.
Training crates and beds are the typical provisions but more often than not, pets are satisfied staying indoors with a clean blanket and pillow on the floor.
It is important to know two or three vets in the vicinity. You can never tell when your pet will need one. Aside from those ad hoc visits, you also need to schedule regular checkups to ensure that nothing is going on behind the scenes.
You can discuss loads of things with your vet and even get more tips on how to take better care of your pet. More importantly, they can also advise you on vaccinations and medicines that would be of aid to your pet.
Pets also feel pain and suffering. We should always be there for them and do everything we can to keep their lives meaningful and happy ones.There is nothing like the companionship and protection that a pet gives. By taking good care of them, we allow them to live out their lives to the fullest.
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter
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