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Tips and tricks for taking care of your pet

Best practices

This almost seems like an oxymoron. If you have a pet, you should know how to take care of it, right? Of course! However, there are always first time pet owners, and any information on taking good care of your pet should be good information for any pet owner. There are so many different pet trends going around, like grain-free food, all organic food, grooming, medications, and so on. It can be very confusing on what trend you should be following. The pet trend you should be following, though, is the best pet trend for your pet!

Before you get a pet, you should always do your research. Even though cats and dogs are cute, sometimes they just are not a right match for a person (the same goes for all other animals). By doing your research, you are preparing yourself and even saving some money in the long run.

Once you have determined what kind of pet you want, get the pet! Once you have your pet, set up a vet visit. Explain that you have a new pet and would like to get their shots up to date, get them a license, and even have a physical done to check for any medical conditions. Most pet adopting places already do this for you, but it is always okay to get a second opinion from your trusted vet. Make sure during this appointment, you stress any concerns you may have. Your vet will give you the best information on taking care of your pet and tips on how to train them.

Make sure you do your research on different pet foods. There is a huge variety of pet food brands, and it is important for you to determine which would be the best food for them. Some people prefer cheaper pet food brands that have more fillers and chemicals than their expensive counter parts. Some people spend good money on their pet food, or even home cook their pets healthy meals every day. If you are confused on what food to get, research the breed of your pet and determine what the best food is from there. Just because your neighbor feeds her dog kibbles, does not mean you need to feed your dog kibbles as well.

Find entertainment for your pet. From toys to treats to walks, all of these are forms of entertainment for your pet. Entertaining your pet is great for bonding, but also keeps your pet from getting bored or acting out. If you can, take your pet to the store with you and allow them to pick out their treats and toys. This is a fun activity for both pet and owner!

The single, most important part about taking care of your pet is to love them and pay attention to them. You will know your pet better than anyone else, and it is important you follow your intuition about your pets. If your pet seems off, call the vet and express your concerns. If your pet looks bored, play with them or take them for a walk. Pets are great companions for any person; they just require patience, dedication, and love.

Pros and Cons of pet ownership in 2017

Pets are everywhere. You see them on the internet, from funny cat videos to animal fails, you see them out in public, and you probably have heard the infamous saying: adopt, don’t shop! Owning a pet is considered normal in today’s world, and many pet owners exist around the globe. Pets are wonderful creatures, but too many pets can be a hassle. Are you considering getting a pet? Here is a simple pros and cons list to help you make your decision!

Cons

 

  • In-home waste. Most pets require a bathroom space. That bathroom space is determined on what kind of pet you get. Most dogs do their business outdoors, or on “pee-pee pads” in the house. Other pets, such as cats or rodents, do their business in a designated area. This could mean a little box, or this could mean their cage. Either way, their waste is in your home, and you have to maintain it.
  • Training. At some point, each pet will require some training. Training pets can go really well, or they can be extremely difficult. What determines the difficulty of the training is dependent on both the pet and the owner. This is also a great time for both pet and owner to create a bond together, but you may need to have someone help you train your new pet.
  • Money. Owning a pet is not something that is cheap. The initial set up for any pet is probably the most expensive cost you will pay, unless your pet becomes ill. The financial aspect of owning a pet is not always brought up, because it is simply a given. When searching for your pet, take into consideration not only the adoption cost, but the cost of their food and other materials as well.

 

Pros

  • Cute. Even if you do not currently own a pet, you have probably called one cute in the past—and this is true! Pets are so cute, and are wonderful creatures. They are soft and comforting, but also entertaining.
  • Forever a Companion. Forever is a bit of a time stretch for a pet, as most pets do not live past their humans’ life. However, for the pet’s whole life time, you will have a forever companion. No matter what pet you get, they will be forever loyal to their owner. As long as you spend valuable time with your new pet, you will always have a companion.
  • Happiness. You will never know unconditional love until you get a pet. These creatures do not care if you stink, or if you are having a bad day, or even if you look like you just rolled out of bed. Pets do not care about that stuff, they only care about you. They provide you with loads of daily happiness that will brighten your day, every day.

Pets are wonderful creatures, and wonderful companions. Always do your research before getting a pet, and make sure they are compatible with you. You will find the perfect pet, and when you do, get ready for years of happiness and love!

We All Love Pets- Things To Think About

Pet expenses

Pets can be very expensive for their owners. Many first time dog or cat owners do not understand how big of an investment their new family member can be. As a living, breathing organism, pets require some of the same things that human beings do, like food and water, but also also require pet specific expenses. Taking your dog or cat to the vet regularly can add a significant amount of cost, especially if they have a history of illnesses or medical problems. Some owners may have to groom their dog or cat frequently due to the nature of their hair, fur, or skin. For most pet owners, neutering or spading your dog or cat is optimal because it prevents accidents from adding unwanted puppies and kittens. These procedures can cost up to $200 per pet, and are commonly forgotten when owning a young or once feral animal for the first time. Younger pets are also required to get the core vaccines, which includes a rabies shot. These vaccines, although not very expensive, are a $20 cost that also must be included.

The type and size of your animal can also determine how often and how much you need to feed it. Larger dogs with bigger appetites will be more costly to feed and maintain when compared to a smaller, less active cat. Although there are many kinds of foods, most pet owners prefer to feed their animals high quality foods in order to keep them living longer. This extra quality usually comes with an extra cost.

Bigger dogs and cats also require bigger cages for them to stay in while the owner is away from home. Theses cages and shelters can range anywhere from $15 to $1000, and it is advisable to choose a product that is made of a suitable material and is big enough to comfortably hold a dog or a cat. Some pets may like their cage and will abstain from damaging it; others may gnaw on or break it. The expenses from these damages will involve buying another cage or getting a current one repaired.

Training your pet

Most first time dog owners get puppies, which usually infers that they are going to pay for some level of etiquette training or home preparation. Some pet stores have training school included with the purchase of a more expensive breed, but most owners pay extra for schooling. Dogs can be very stubborn, which translates to longer training hours. Some training schools charge a lot of money by the hour, especially if a dog is consistently misbehaving or ignoring commands.

 

Most people take vacations at least once a year – these vacations usually don’t involve their pets, so pet-owners must organize temporary living arrangements for their animals. It is common to drop a dog off in a kennel, where it is taken care of for a price over time. Cats can be a little easier, but may still need supervision. Although kennels are expensive, they make sure that your dog or cat is safe and fed well. Hiring a cat or a dog sitter, although cheaper, can result in unwanted results due to incompetence.