Groom Your Pet Daily
Grooming is something that a lot of pet owners might not see as very important, but it is. It removes excess fur from your dog/cat’s coat, which will reduce moulting (and the amount you find around the house!) and prevents matting of the fur, which can be extremely uncomfortable for your best friend. Even if you think it’s unnecessary to brush your pet because they have short hair, grooming helps to distribute oils from the skin to the fur, keeping the coat healthy and shiny. It also prevents things like fleas and ticks from living in your pet’s fur, as they thrive in dirty environments.
Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth goes a long way to keep their mouth clean and healthy, as it removes tartar and plaque and prevents gum disease. There are many toothpastes and finger brushes available for cats and dogs (vetuk.co.uk). For the stubborn pets out there who don’t want you touching their mouth, there are various dental treats available, designed to reduce tartar and keep their teeth nice and healthy.
Take A Trip to The Vet
Getting a yearly appointment with your vet is key to keeping your pet healthy. Medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis and gum disease can be much more easily detected by a vet than by yourself, and they will be easier to manage and treat when spotted as early as possible. While you’re at the vets, you can also ask for advice/get your vet’s opinion on perhaps, a difference in behaviour from your pet that you might be worrying over, or are just simply wondering about.
Consider Rehoming or Fostering
There are thousands of pets across the UK in need of permanent, or even temporary, homes. Taking on a new pet is a very big commitment, so this New Year’s Resolution is for people who are truly interested in doing this wonderful thing, and have perhaps been thinking about it for a while. There are many animal charities, such as the RSPCA (rspca.org.uk) and Blue Cross (bluecross.org.uk) who need help with rehoming and fostering.
Stop Feeding Your Dog Table Food
Dog food is formulated to give your dog everything it needs to live a healthy life. Of course, like any pet owner, you like to treat your dog at times, often with human food. This is fine, but it should be in very small amounts, and certainly not often. Feeding your dog from the table not only encourages bad behaviour, but can cause weight gain and health issues – especially if you’re giving them food that’s not so good for them. Some foods to completely avoid feeding your pooch:
- Grapes and raisins
- Fat trimmings
- Raw meat and fish
- Dairy products