This should be an obvious tip because you likely bought or adopted your pet for companionship! Just remember that you're their caretaker and one of the most important parts of their lives. Show them that you care and make time exclusively for them! Do activities that they like to do, get excited to see them when you come home, talk to them, pet them if they like to be pet, etc. Make them feel special!
1. Spend Time with Them/ Pay Attention to Them
2. Don't Skip Vet VisitsMost pets, especially cats and dogs, require vaccinations and regular veterinary care. The cost of a vet visit can seem expensive, but it's worth it in the long run for their health and well-being. Plus, a vet is trained to identify and provide expert advice or prescription medicine if your pet is having any issues. It's better to take preventative care than to deal with an emergency situation!
3. Buy High Quality FoodAgain, a higher quality food can seem expensive, but it is a cost worth taking a look a second look at. Spending a few to $10 more on your pet's food per month can make a world of difference to their health. Think of it in relation to your car's oil - you wouldn't want to put watered down oil into your engine, so why give your pet Do some research, or ask your vet, what works best for your pet's specie and breed.
You should already know the absolute basics are necessary to keep your pet alive. You may be concerned that they're drinking too much water, or might have an accident if they have constant access to water. They're usually unable to provide themselves a refreshment, so make sure they have access to fresh water at all times.
4. Provide Cool, Fresh Water All the Time
5. Make Their Environment ComfortableKnow your pet, know their stressors, and know their comforts. You're able to make your home or environment comfortable for yourself, but again, they're unable to do that for themselves. Offer them a safe space if they're nervous, provide them comfortable materials to rest with, and give them proper shelter if they like to stay outside.
6. Clean/Bathe and Groom Them As NecessaryNot every pet needs regular bathing, but most need some sort of grooming or tools so they can groom themselves. Making sure their nails, teeth, and hair are taken care of is actually important to their health and can help to prevent any mishaps. Educate yourself or talk to your vet about what you should be doing, and if need be, bring them to a professional groomer who knows what they're doing!
Just like you, your pets want to have fun and have energy they need to get out, even if they only want to do so at night. You can offer them safe, pet-approved toys to play with together or alone, give them space to exercise, or take them out to interact with other animals or people. It all depends on the pet, so be mindful that not every pet will enjoy the things you want to do.
7. Provide Them Ways to Have Fun
8. Respect Their BoundariesSome pets don't like to be touched on their head, others don't really like to be held, and some are scared of certain things. You wouldn't like it if someone put you in a stressful situation, so avoid putting your pet in one just for your enjoyment. Respect their physical boundaries and allow them to determine what feels best to them.
If you've ever caught yourself yelling at your dog for jumping on you when you walk in the door, take a moment to remember that they're very excited to see you and have their own unique way of expressing that! You can train your pets to curb these "bad" behaviors, but it's up to you to be patient with them through the process and consistent in your practice. They hear, see, and learn much differently than we do. Do some research on behavior, or consult a trainer for more information on your pet's breed.
9. Be Patient with Them
Most importantly, make your home safe for your pet to be in! You might know how to avoid licking a strange puddle on the floor, but your pet might not. Keep clutter picked up, store poisonous plants or cleaning supplies away from reach, etc. Know what's dangerous for your pets, and tailor your home to meet their needs. They're family, too, and you want them to be safe!
10. Make Your Home Safe
We hope these 10 basic ways to care for your pet remind you how to make them happy, healthy, and comfortable. We love our pets like they're family, and the same goes for our team at North Brothers Ford! We're not just a family-owned business, but one that has a caring team that works together to provide our customers a great dealership experience at every visit. Stop by our location on Ford Road in Westland to see what we're all about! We'd be happy to help you take care of your vehicle through preventative routine maintenance services, or help you shop for a new or used Ford.
North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 855-739-2023, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!
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