Guide to caring for your pet – Part 5

You have fallen in love with those sad puppy eyes staring at you in a pet store window, a kitten has showed up to your door on a dark rainy night, your child is begging you for a hamster.

What all these pets have in common is that they require special care and a good amount of commitment on your behalf. There are many things to keep into consideration in order to provide the best care possible for these cute little critters.

A good start would be to make a thorough inspection of your home. Make sure all areas are safe and dog proof/cat proof. Major points of concern are electric wires, poisonous plants, chemicals, household products and small knick and knacks that can be swallowed especially if you are getting a puppy.

Consider in investing in a good baby gate to seclude your new puppy/kitten from areas you cannot carefully monitor. A new pet will not need to have full access of the house, rather new pets do much better in small areas so they will not get overwhelmed. After wards he/she can be gradually introduced to other areas of the home.

Monitoring is an ever lasting recommendation as any dog/cat can easily get into trouble if not watched carefully. Every year millions of pets are hospitalized because they accidentally ingest foreign bodies or ingest poisenous substances.

Regular vet visits are recommended at least once a year for adult dog and cats and even more often for kittens and puppies when getting their first sets of shots and dewormings.

You must be able to afford these check up visits financially and as well have some money set aside for possible unexpected health problems or emergencies.

Food of course is pretty obvious; sometimes spending a little more on a good quality food could prevent potential illnesses related to nutritional imbalances.

It is vital that when you get your pet you inform yourself on what type of food he/she was previously fed. Continuing the same diet will prevent stomach upset due to abrupt diet changes. If you really need to switch brand do it gradually, over a week or two adding gradually larger and larger quantities of the new food to the older food. This prevents diarrhea and vomiting.

Natural pet care followers suggest providing a home made diet versus commercial foods. Some believe raw diets are the most beneficial. Both need to be evaluated well to assure the proper amount of nutrients.

Water must be available at all times.

Please spay and neuter your pet as soon as possible. This

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