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Taking care of a cat or dog is a big responsibility. While loving your pet is surely a big component in keeping them happy, there are at least 5 things every pet owner must do to ensure their pet's happiness and healthiness. By fulfilling each of these needs, your pet is sure to enjoy a happy and long life.
1. Preventative Health
There are common risks that every cat and dog faces, and which can be prevented by common, over the counter medications. Particularly, worms and fleas pose a great risk to your cat or dog. Worms and fleas are parasites that can kill your pets if left untreated. Rather than allow your pet to suffer, it is best (and cheapest!) to prevent this infestation from ever happening by applying topical, over the counter, preventative liquids, tablets or sprays.
Vaccinations are also an important part of preventative care which can help prevent your pet from contracting diseases such as parvovirus.
Proper nutrition for your pet is critical in ensuring their happiness and healthiness. The dietary needs of your dog or cat will change as they age. While puppies and kittens need tons of calories and nutrients to grow healthy and strong, more mature pets may get obese if they continue eating those same foods. This can be easily solved by choosing the appropriate food brand and type for your pet. Be aware, however, that most grocery store pet food contain a bunch of filler. Not all pet foods are created equal, so it is important to check the food quality and ingredients to ensure that it is not full of artificial preservatives and vegetable fillers. Some owners can also opt to cook food for their pets, so long as it is healthy.
Cats and dogs absolutely need exercise to stay happy and healthy. Without exercise, cats and dogs can get obese which can lead to health conditions such as diabetes. Pets that don't get enough exercise also tend to use that energy in destructive ways by tearing up furniture, curtains, and shoes.
4. Enrichment and Play
Playing with cats and dogs is a sure way to express your love for them, and keep them happy. They love to play and feel close to you. There are plenty of toys you can use to play with your pets like a KONG. You should ensure that you have plenty of toys that keep your pet entertained while you are out of the house. Always opt for toys that help improve your pet's motor skills and challenges them in some way. This provides enriching playtime and hours of fun.
5. A Great Veterinarian
A great veterinarian will ensure that your pet stays happy and healthy for years to come. While you can try your best to prevent medical problems and keep them happy, disease and other ailments can strike unexpectedly. It is important to have a good vet that you trust to take care of your feline or canine when they need it most. Regular check-ups are essential to pet health to prevent developing conditions from progressing.
These are 5 easy way to keep your dog or cat happy and healthy. Just follow these guidelines to ensure your pet lives a long and happy life.
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