5 Most Important Steps for Pet Parents: For pet parents around the world, our animal friends firmly occupy a huge place in our hearts. They love us unconditionally, give us endless supply of companionship and affection and always welcome us excitedly with licks, kisses and hugs! Because of them, we can even get the physical activity we need in our otherwise sedentary but busy lives. But when we go back to them for these many gifts, they depend almost entirely on us for their survival. Having a pet is a privilege, and it comes with its own requirements and responsibilities that must be persevered.
Here are the top five things that all veterinarians want their pets to know to ensure the overall well-being and long, happy life of their pet:
1. Consider your options when accepting
While many brands and stores offer exotic dogs, cats and more, it’s always better if you can get one from a shelter instead. A whole world of amazingly loving animals is patiently waiting for anyone to choose them instead, in all the shelters. Just remember to take it from a reputable company, take some time to know it and all its principles and practices and make sure to get all the necessary details including veterinary medical records, no matter how young or old they are.
2. Decide on a good veterinarian
As for our people, our family physicians may be the first to contact us for any health concerns, we also need a reliable and trustworthy doctor in the hands of our animal friends. Indeed, finding a good veterinarian is an important decision, an investment for ourselves as well as the future of our pets. Pet guardians should conduct their own research among available, licensed veterinarians, and cross-reference with reviews and referrals from their friends and family before making their decision.
3. Make sure they have company and attention
As the number of adoptions increases during the onset of the epidemic, when things begin to improve and offices and schools begin to reopen, this is very bad news for many of these pets. Anyone who wants to be a pet parent should also be aware of their responsibilities. So, finding affordable but reliable boarding and grooming facilities is always a good idea, where experienced pet-handlers can take care of your partner while you are busy.
4. Teach them the rules
Understand that when you bring a pet into your home, you automatically assume the responsibility of parenting them to the best of your ability. So, just as you need to meet their needs, you must also teach them some basic house rules and behavioral basics. This can involve anything from litter training and basic habits and routines to making sure they know what the confined areas of the home are. And if you need help, you can always talk to a good trainer for guidance, or ask them to train your pet for you and resolve any behavior at the outset.
5. Ensure a good diet
While this may seem obvious, the reality is that in a large number of Indian households, we have an acute lack of awareness about pet food. Human food, in particular, is not for them at all, and spices, oils and other ingredients can harm them irreparably. So, it is always a good idea to consult an experienced pet nutritionist who can help you understand all the different things your pet needs that they may not have and create the best possible food for them that is affordable. And convenient for you too.
(This article is attributed to Dr. Binod Sharma, Head of Veterinary Services, DCC Veterinary Hospital)
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