Who doesn’t love pets? We see them everywhere — at the malls, in the parks, and all over Instagram. It seems the world is all about love for these adorable fur babies. But any responsible pet owner knows that as cute as these animals may be, it takes a lot of patience and responsibility to have one. Pets require a lot of care both physically and emotionally, and that can be overwhelming if you are not prepared. So, for newbie pet owners, here are some helpful tips:
- Give them space. Before even considering getting a pet, check first if you can provide them with the ideal environment for them to live and play. Smaller pets like hamsters or fish don’t require too much of this, but the more typical dog or cat needs sufficient room. Don’t keep them cramped in a small space! Ideally, you should have a yard where pets can run and roam freely, but if you live in a smaller place like an apartment, make sure to walk your pets often.
Also, check in with the neighborhood to make sure they will welcome the new member of your family. Some buildings have certain restrictions on animals and it’s always better to be on the safe side.
- Clean up after your pet! This is probably one of the most crucial things with regards to pet ownership. Furry pets will shed, so be sure to have a vacuum cleaner for pet hair handy at home.
This will prevent health problems for you (because you need to be healthy and happy as well) or your family members. When taking your pet outside or to public areas, be ready to pick up after them if they pee or (worse) poop. You might find your pet adorable no matter what he does, but keep in mind that not everyone would love your doggo if they mess up a carpet.
- Feed your pet well. This goes for any living thing… Pets need to eat. But beware! “Well” doesn’t always mean letting them graze on food all day. Animal obesity might make for adorable Instagram snaps, but this can actually lead to complications such as heart disease or diabetes. Also, don’t just let your pets eat scraps off the table. Bear in mind that some of the food we eat can actually be harmful to your pet, such as chocolate for dogs. The best thing to do would be to consult your veterinarian for him to recommend the best diet to keep your pet healthy and happy.
- Come to think of it, consult your vet for pretty much everything. It is good to make friends with your vet. Feel free to ask them anything about your pet from proper diet and exercise to the right medication if your pet happens to fall ill. Be sure to bring in your pet regularly for check-ups and vaccinations when needed. Most animal clinics have vaccination programs which you should avail of.
You can also ask the vet about microchipping your dog or cat. Studies have shown that microchipped pets are more likely to make it back home if they get lost. No matter how clean and careful we are, animals are not immune to viruses and other outside elements, so we should protect them as much as possible. If we humans need our regular doctor visits, so do our pets. No matter how clean and careful we are, animals are not immune to viruses and other outside elements, so we should protect them as much as possible. If we humans need our regular doctor visits, so do our pets.
- And of course, don’t forget to shower your pets with love. You can do this in many ways, such as spending time with them playing or even training them. Pets thrive in the attention. Training is also a way for you to get to know their unique personality better and make it easier for you to manage them. Remember, pets are real, living breathing things. They are not just toys to increase our social media likes. They are there for us to have and to hold, and truly care for.
Animals are pretty amazing because of their ability to feel and express emotions. Almost nothing compares to the joy of your dog sitting on your lap after a long day. They even mourn the loss of their humans or fellow pets.
Because of this, even though they take some work, it is also so rewarding to own and care for a pet.