There is no doubting how important it is to take care of your precious puppy or your cherished kitty. After all, pets bring much to our lives; they bring us joy when we are in despair (which they can even sense before you do), they bring us laughter when they engage in an act of silliness, and they overall bring the much needed happiness to our lives which we—for the most part—cannot find anywhere else.
Oh, there is no denying the true value of a pet, whether it is a dog, a cat, a tank full of fish, or even a little bunny rabbit. Animals are truly our best friends, and they are always loyal as well as always there in our time—or times—of need.
But what happens when they themselves are in need? Well, that’s when you have to step up to the plate and help your beloved pet (or pets).
The truth is that you have to take care of your pet, since they provide us with more than we could ever ask for. After all, whose tail wags every night as soon as you enter the door from a rough day at work? Or who comes up to sit on your lap, purring at the very knowledge of your presence? (Of course, you’re most likely petting your precious cat, but it is still a nice sound to hear). The answer is our pets. When we have no one else to turn to, our pets are there for us at our worst.
That’s why we as pet owners need to do our part in helping out our incredible pets.
So, what can you do to help your cat, dog, fish, bunny, or any other animal you have adopted? Here is a list of simple yet efficient ways which will keep them healthy, safe, and living well.
1. Take your pet to the vet.
Seems simple, right? Having regular veterinary visits will definitely help to keep you up to date with how the health of your pet is going. Even if you do not suspect of any medical illnesses, it never hurts to be updated on their well-being. In some cases, you could actually prevent a medical condition before it occurs. Plus, vets have the essential veterinary supplies to keep your pet healthy and in tiptop shape.
2. Take your dog on as many walks as possible.
Of course, this tip applies to the dog lovers out there. However, it is crucial that you provide your beloved pet dog with the exercise that he or she needs to remain healthy. It is almost the same truth for humans: having exercise keeps us healthy, our hearts in better working order, and realistically it provides us with a sense of physical well-being. Your dog will appreciate the walks and will enjoy meeting other neighbors, or at least sniffing the fire hydrant on the sidewalk.
You could even opt to go to a dog park in order to keep your puppy more socialized. The most socialized your dog is, the better; this is especially true for smaller breeds that have a hard time relating to larger dogs.
3. Take your pet to get groomed.
This is a simple way to take care of your pet. Any local pet supply source can do this, and the results are excellent. Your pet will be feeling super confident after the nice little grooming session, which will keep him or her feeling happier and perkier.
These three simple steps can truly show how much you care for your pet. Remember, your pet is your best friend—as well as family—so make sure to treat your animal with the respect he or she deserves.
Michele Bowie is an avid lover of pets, participating in dog rescues and volunteering to assist pets find new homes. Michele lives in South Philly and proudly walks her pet Chihuahua, Yorkshire terrier, and pit bull immediately after work. She also owns a cat, named Josie, who is a sweetheart. Michele enjoys writing in her spare time and informing the public of pet care advice and tips.