How to Keep Your Pet Happy and Healthy: 4 Key Steps


Owning a pet is not only fulfilling but its something that will give your family, especially your kids, a sense of responsibility and also help to build their characters. That said, you might be picky when choosing a pet but having one will do you a lot of good. But owning any pet, not just your most favorite one, will come with its fair share of responsibilities; some that will eat into your valuable time. But if you are committed to keeping them, they'll prove to be the loyal and most trusted friends your family can ever ask for.

Step 1: Give Them The Much-needed Attention

While there can be a plethora of reasons why pets love attention, the most compelling one has to do with the fact that you are the caretaker and everything in between in their lives. Even in your human relationships, you'll need to give attention to receive it back. In much simpler terms, It's a two-way traffic kind of a relationship. And yes, there will be pets that will seek this attention excessively and this is where pet training comes in.

Like humans, pets have emotions and they'll seek attention and as a way of displaying their social sites. As explained by the professionals from https://www.treehousepuppies.com/, when it comes to providing your pet with attention, it will have to be undivided. This means taking the time to concentrate on their everyday needs including walking them, spending some quality time with them, and giving them your unconditional love. This will not only prove to help with your relationship but it will work wonders on your health as well.

Step 2: Provide Them With a Safe Living Environment

While the idea of bringing home your first can be exciting, you'll need to factor in that you'll have to share with them your personal space. Pets are not for everyone and not every pet is for everyone. This means that you'll need to be sure and certain that you'll be comfortable sharing or providing them with a clean and safe living environment if you want them to lead happier and healthier lives. Among the factors to consider in ensuring a suitable living environment for your pet include:

  • Clean living environment
  • Protection from hazards
  • Provide them with comfort in their rest areas
  • Integrate them into your household (this will depend on the type of pet and whether their size and other safety regulations are taken into account)
  • Take care of their natural yet crucial biological needs

Step 3: Food (Nutrition)

This should have been the first pointer in this descriptive guide but for the sake of following a chronological order, here's what! Food is an important element when it comes to the health status of your pet. If you are looking towards raising a healthy pet, you must prioritize their diet needs.

Not every food will be good for your pet and this, you can get more advice from your vet. Always invest in pet foods that are from trusted brands, credible manufacturers, and foods that guarantee, promote, and support your pet's health. Among the factors that you'll need to consider when investing in pet foods include:

  • Age of the pet - When investing in the right pet foods, one thing that you'll need to factor in is the age of your pet. Different pet ages will require specific nutritional needs. For instance, for those with puppies, feeding them with mature dog foods will not supply them with their nutritional needs. This is something that applies to most if not all pets.
  • Species - While a cow might live their whole lives on grass, the same cannot be said about a cat. By this, you'll need to get your pet foods that are appropriate to their species.
  • Your pet's specific needs - Various pets might require a boost to help them grow stronger and healthier. This is especially the case when dealing with adopted pets that were malnutritioned at the time of the adoption. Also, pregnant and nursing pets will require special attention when it comes to their diet needs.

You also have treats that you can provide your pet to keep them happy and when rewarding them for good behaviors. Always consult with your vet to know the right kind of treats best suited for your pet.

Step 4: Health Requirements

Owning a pet isn't always about taking pride in walking them in the parks or the cuddly moments you share. A happy pet will be healthy and it's crucial that they get their appropriate vaccinations to protect them against common ailments. This means choosing a vet that you'll be willing to work with, in promoting your pet's health. Before picking just any vet for your pet, always ensure to check whether they are qualified veterinarians, check their certifications, their level of expertise, and experience.

The above are four key steps to follow when raising a happy and healthy pet. These tips will go a long way to provide you with the confidence you need whether you are a first-time pet owner or already own a pet.

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.


Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.

I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!

- The Armchair Psychologist

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