Why is good pet care so important? Because the health and lifespan of your dog or cat depends on it. With quality care you may be able to optimize your pet’s health, reduce your medical expenses, and possibly extend your pet’s life. Since pets give so much to us, good pet care is the least we can do for them.
1. Start by Spaying and Neutering
Proper pet care is a complicated issue--it depends on several factors, including your pet’s age, breed, where they live and their current state of health. It can even depend on their sex, because male pets tend to roam more and fight if not neutered and female pets tend to acquire breast cancer, uterine infections and becoming pregnant if not spayed. That’s why your pet care plan should start with spaying or neutering your pet; it’s best for their health and helps reduce pet overpopulation problems.
2. Choose Age- and Breed-Appropriate Food
Good nutrition is an important key to quality pet care. Their nutritional needs will change as they age. Certain health issues can also require a change in their diet. Size and breed also makes a big difference, as care and nutritional needs can be different for large breed dogs versus small breeds. In addition, purebred pets may have special conditions that require special care.
3. Watch the Four Seasons of Weather
Your pet care will also depend on where your pet lives: indoors, outdoors or both. When it comes to outdoor pets, extreme temperatures in summer and winter can be hard on them. In the winter, care must be taken to provide shelter from wind and cold. In summer, make sure they have access to shade, especially if they have long hair. You’ll also need to provide your pet with a bed; this helps prevent sores that can develop from sleeping on hard surfaces. Most important, be sure they have a constant supply of clean water all year round.
4. Make Routine Trips to the Vet
Finally, make sure your pet gets regular veterinarian checkups. Your vet can provide additional tips on the best pet care according to specific breed and age. Regular checkups help with the early detection of any health problems that might develop; often, the sooner a health problem is diagnosed, the easier (and less expensive) it will be to treat.