In photo: My kids enjoy being with dogs but, we just visit friends with pets as my other son has allergies. – one thing to consider when getting a pet.
Do you have young children who constantly cajole you into buying a pet? Miniature pets, for one, are very popular these days. Birds, teacup poodles, Shih Tzus, and more are just some of the cute and fancy pets that seem to mesmerize young kids especially since you can carry these miniature pets around like small babies. However, you may be apprehensive because you feel the kids are not ready for such a responsibility. Moreover, you know that your home is not ready for a pet, no matter its size.
Indeed, having a pet is more than just having fun, enjoying the company of a fancy animal. Having a pet around the house is a major decision that requires careful thought. It means assuming the commitment to attend to the pet’s overall needs such as health care and safety, grooming, exercise, diet and vaccination. Getting a pet entails getting familiar with various responsibilities.
Now the question is how you can maximize enjoyment of your pet by knowing pet care, or the different responsibilities and concerns that a pet owner must undertake:
Allocate time for your pet
There are no excuses! Everybody is busy, including you. Nevertheless, that does not excuse you from walking your pet or playing with it every day. Bonding is a very important activity in order to establish connection between you and your fancy animal, whether it is a dog, a cat or a tiger. Walking your pet everyday especially in the few days or months after getting it home is important to make the animal feel loved and cared for.
Tag your animal
Never forget to put on its name collar or anything where its proper identification will be seen. This includes the animal’s rabies vaccination record. If you go for more state-of-the-art techniques of labeling, there are animal clinics that offer micro chipping pets to increase the possibility of tracking then down when they are stolen or when they go astray.
Have your pet neutered or spayed
This frees you from worrying about your little pet getting pregnant or having other pets pregnant. Do not add up to the problem of euthanizing ownerless pets that have to be killed every year because they have nowhere to go.
Prepare proper shelter
Proper shelter means dog and cathouses, pigsties, rabbit crates or boxes, bird nests, artificial caves, and aquariums. Pets need to live in an environment that is safe, secure, and warm so they can grow up in a healthy manner.
Ensure that your pets get sufficient health care
This means giving the animal proper diet, exercise, fresh water, regular vaccination, and regular visit to the veterinarian’s clinic. Under this category, dental care should also be considered to make sure the pet’s teeth and overall oral care are well taken care of.
Invest in pet training and skills formation
If you are not familiar with the basics of teaching new tricks to your animal, you might as well hire a personal trainer. Pets must know basic obedience such as when they are commanded to sit, stand, run, or stay.
Consistently look after your pet’s safety
This means walking your pet with its leash on, or in the case of birds, rabbits or other such animals, you must provide cages or boxes.
Be familiar with pet etiquette
Do not expect everyone in the park to dote on your cute rabbit or your newly trained Labrador. Make sure that they do not disturb others when you bring them to public places. Basic pet care means responsibility.
Sometimes, the excitement of having a pet at home is so high that we forget about the responsibilities attached to it. The decision to have a pet must be thoroughly considered by the entire household in order to ensure that the pet grows up in a well-conditioned environment and the owners enjoy its company to the maximum. Obviously, it’s a two-way process that ensures mutual enjoyment both for the owners and for the pets.