Being a pet owner entails a big responsibility because caring for them is similar to caring for a little child. Aside from providing for their basic needs, you also need to show them your love and affection. This includes devoting time to bond with your pet, get to know their personalities, as well as help them improve their skills. If you are invested and ready in becoming a pet parent, below are some tips on how to properly take care of your pet.
Provide Them With a Clean Living Environment
One of the first things that you need to provide for your pet is a clean and safe living environment where they can stay. For instance, if you have a pet fish, make sure that you have an aquarium with clean water, having the right temperature. You also need to ensure that you are not housing species of fish that may conflict with one another in a single aquarium if you want them to survive for long.
In the same manner, if you have a furry friend, make sure that the space you have in your abode is appropriate for their size. In this case, it would be impractical to get a St Bernard dog breed if you live in a small apartment. Rather, it will be best for you to opt for a Shih Tzu or a Chihuahua instead.
Ensure That They Get the Proper Nutrition
Apart from their living condition, you also need to make sure that your pet gets the proper nutrition based on their needs. For example, If you have an active dog, you need to check that the food they eat is sufficient for their energy requirements. This means that either you serve them with greater portions, or you feed them more frequently. However, you also need to balance their diet and activity to minimize the risk of obesity. On the other hand, you need to provide proper food for dogs that have seizures to help them manage their health conditions and eventually reduce the occurrence of this unfortunate event. This means that you need to consider foods with a higher DHA content to help in their brain improvement and development.
Be on Top of Their Hygiene
Another responsibility of being a pet owner is that you need to be on top of the hygiene of your pet. If you have furry friends such as dogs and cats, you need to perform regular grooming, which includes bathing them and trimming their fur as necessary. Bathing greatly reduces the appearance of dander, which causes itching.
Additionally, you also need to keep their dental hygiene in check. Brushing their teeth will surely keep bad breath away. This will also reduce the risk of any gum disease, particularly in specific breeds that are prone to this. Of course, you would want to clip their nails too, because this will prevent any problems with walking.
Keep Them Active
The activities that you need to come up with to make sure that your pet is active and healthy greatly depends on the type of pet that you have. For example, if you have a big tortoise, you may want to encourage him to walk around by placing his meals where he needs to exert an extra effort to get it. Conversely, when you have a dog, you need to dedicate your time in walking them, not only for an effective exercise but to release their energy as well. Depending on the breed that you have, your dog may need this exercise a couple of times a week, or for more energetic dogs, a couple of times a day.
Take Them for Regular Visits to the Vet
Finally, make sure that you take your pet to the vet for regular check-ups. This will ensure that your pet is fit and healthy. In case there is something that is not right, your vet will most likely catch it and address it promptly. They will also be able to suggest the perfect diet for your pet based on their current condition, as well as the supplements that are effective in boosting their health.
To wrap things up, taking care of your pet means that you are providing them with a clean living environment suitable for them because it is in this where they will thrive. It also means that you need to ensure that they get the proper nutrition and that you are on top of their hygiene needs. In addition to this, you need to keep them active because this will benefit their health and in parallel, ensure that they are seen and checked up by the professionals. To make it a bit easier for you, it will help if you create a routine that both you and your pet will follow. Rest assured that every little sacrifice you make in taking care of your pet is all worth it in the end.
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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