5 Ways to Improve Your Pet’s Quality of Life
Having a pet is a wonderful thing – it’s a privilege that should be enjoyed as much as possible. It’s essential that you look after your pet as best as you possibly can, to ensure that they live a long, healthy, happy life. It doesn’t take much to give your pet an excellent quality of life, but the love they will give in return can be everything.
Many people only attend the vet if their pet is sick, in an emergency capacity. While that’s fine, and while the vet will be able to help, scheduling annual check-ups could be a better idea. Any problems will be spotted before they become anything major, and that will save your pet any suffering, and it will save you money – an annual check-up with a vet such as thevet.co.uk where you can turn up whenever is convenient for you (no appointment needed) is always going to be less expensive than an emergency (specially out of hours) trip to the veterinary surgery.
A Good Diet
It’s fun to give your pet treats. It’s a sign of love to spoil them when it comes to food. Right? Yes, but it could also be detrimental to their health, so you need to be careful when it comes to food for them. Some foods are poisonous to certain types of animals – chocolate is dangerous for dogs, for example, and garlic is bad for cats (amongst many other things). It’s always best to stick to specially formulated pet food, including treats, if you want to make sure it’s safe. It’s also essential that your pet gets the right amount of food – overfeeding is just as dangerous as underfeeding. Your vet is the best person to talk to about how much your pet needs to eat.
All pets need exercise. Dogs need to be regularly walked, at least once a day (and twice is better). Cats, birds, small rodents, and any other type of pet also needs exercise, and although it may not be possible to take them for a walk, there are other ways to make sure they are getting what they need. Simply playing with your pet is a good form of exercise. Throw a toy and watch them chase it, or make sure that there is a wheel and other toys in the cage of a hamster, mouse, or other small creature. If they can run around, they will remain healthy.
Keeping your pet clean and groomed is another important aspect of ensuring they have a great quality of life. Dogs, in particular, can become very dirty, and their fur can be matted and uncomfortable. Bathing your pet regularly, and taking them to a groomer to keep their fur in tip-top condition will keep them happy and contented.
Finally, you can be a great pet owner, giving your pet the right food in the right amount, making sure they are exercised, ensuring that they visit the vet regularly, but if you don’t show them love and affection, their quality of life may suffer. Playing games, cuddling, spending time with them, even talking to them will all make them feel loved, happy, and secure.