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Make Sure Your Pet is Getting the Best Care Possible: 4 Things to Consider

If you have decided recently to share your home and your life with a furry friend, you undoubtedly want to ensure that it enjoys a long and happy life. Many well-meaning people, however, fail to provide their pet with the best care possible simply because they lack basic knowledge of animal health. You don’t have to be a veterinarian to keep your pet healthy, though. Following are four basics that will help your pet thrive.

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Choose the Right Pet for the Right Place 

If you’re going to be sharing an urban apartment with a canine companion, breed selection will make a huge difference in the quality of life for both of you. Unless you’re going to be getting an elderly dog, stick with small breeds whose exercise requirements can be met in small spaces. Also, consider adopting an adult dog if you are unsure if you have the time to socialize and train a puppy.

Clean Food and Water 

Although this one seems like a no-brainer, this is an area in which many pet owners fall short, particularly in the case of water. The contents of your pet’s water bowl should be changed at least once per day, and if you keep your pet’s water out-of-doors, it should be changed consistently throughout the day if temperatures are cold. Water that is close to freezing can cause body temperature in animals to decrease. Only put enough food in the bowl for one feeding to minimize the chances of food becoming contaminated. Leftover pet food is also attractive to insects, rodents, and depending where you live, raccoons, coyotes, and bears.

Establish a Relationship With a Veterinarian 

Finding a good veterinarian is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. The last thing that you want to do is to scramble for available medical care if your pet becomes ill or injured unexpectedly, and having a relationship will a good local veterinarian will ensure that you have someone to call if the unexpected happens. It’s also recommended that you familiarize yourself with the location of a place like: Animal Hospital Inc or a pet emergency center in your local area in the event that your pet experiences illness or injury outside of your regular veterinarian’s business hours.

Make Your Pet a Part of the Family 

Leaving your furry friend outdoors for the majority of the time is probably one of the best ways to guarantee that it won’t have a happy and healthy existence. Domestic pets need to be active participants in the social structure of their environment. Bring your pet indoors as often as possible so that it will remain well-socialized. You’ll also be more aware of fledgling health conditions if your pet is part of the family rather than simply a lawn ornament.

As you can see, common sense and including your pet in everyday family life and activities is the best way to create an optimal environment for your furry friend.

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