Pets are a source of comfort and happiness to their owners, among other invaluable benefits. For many, a pet earns the same treatment as any of the family members. Owning a pet such as a dog, however, comes with a ton of commitment, both financial and otherwise, to make sure your pet is living under the best conditions.
Greater Bank’s Financial Guide to own a dog provides dog owners or potential dog owners with information on what to expect money-wise with regards to dog ownership. Below is a guide on how to take care of pets at home.
- Give them quality meals at regular times
Know what food your pet loves and feed it at regular intervals. At least, feed your dog twice a day; in the morning and evening. You can also offer them all three meals in a day. Ensure that the time between the meals is no more than 12 hours, as this could cause hyper-acidity in your pet’s stomach.
- Keep their shelter clean, always
Clean their resting place. Use cleaning agents that are safe for them. A veterinary assistant should be able to advise on this. Ensure you also disinfect your pet’s shelter as dogs tend to carry lots of parasites in their coat. Proper sanitation of pet shelter is also important to avoid stuffiness and breeding of parasites.
- Regularly clean your pets and keep them neat
Since you will be living with your animal in your apartment, you want to ensure it is parasite-free. Once a month of clean-up is okay for most dogs. However, the frequency of baths a dog needs depends on the kind of coat the dog has. For example, you may need to clean a dog with an oily fur once every week. A dog with a coat that is water repellent needs less frequent bathing to retain its natural oils.
If your dog has thick fur, brush it regularly to remove dust and parasites that may hide in the coat. Additionally, keep your pet’s nails short and clean. Also, ensure that its teeth are healthy as dogs are prone to gum disease.
- Get regular professional medical checkup and vaccinations
Your dog’s health is crucial. Schedule visits to a vet to check on the overall health of your dog. If your dog is less than a year old, you need to take it for vaccinations every 3 weeks or after every month until it is 4 months old. After your pet hits its first birthday up to a maximum of 10 years, you can schedule yearly visits to a vet. A dog older than 10 years can do vet visits once every 2 years.
- Exercise your dog to keep it healthy
Regular workout is good for your pet. It helps keeps its weight manageable, release negative energy, prevent boredom, among other benefits. Taking your dog for at least 30 minutes walk daily will do. Watch out for signs of tiredness or too much heating by the sun. If your pet seems tired, let them rest a while. Cool them down by taking them to a shade when they are overheated.
Remember this is your family dog, so try to develop a relationship with it through communication. You could take it for some classes so it can learn to follow instructions. Consider consulting your vet on reproductive control of your pet to avoid unplanned for puppies. Before acquiring a pet, ensure your schedule will allow you adequate time to care for it. Finally, learn more about the breed of your dog to give it specialized care.