Proper pet care is the basis of responsible pet ownership. Happily, the unconditional love and joy that pets bring to our lives more than makes up for the added responsibility that comes with welcoming adding a furry child to your family. To ensure your pet’s health and happiness, following are the necessities that all responsible pet owners need to provide.
1. Pets need healthy food.
Just like people, pets need healthy food that meets their specific nutritional needs. Don’t forget to give pets the right amount of food, too! Overfeeding your pet or giving him too many treats could lead to obesity, which could consequently trigger more health problems such as heart disease, renal problems, and more. Weigh your options when it comes to pet food to avoid these kinds of illnesses — and if you don’t exactly know what foods are best for your pet, it’s a great idea to ask the opinion of your vet!
2. Give your pets 24/7 access to fresh drinking water.
Just like human beings, pets need ready access to water in order to survive. Always provide a clean, fresh bowl of water to all animals in your care. Make it accessible by placing it near their food bowl, and remember to refill your pet’s water bowl at least two times a day. This will keep your pet cool, hydrated, and healthy.
3. Proper pet care includes providing a safe, cozy shelter.
Always provide shade and shelter, along with water. Indoors, dogs also typically enjoy having their own dog bed and older dogs may benefit from having an orthopedic bed. Pets need protection from extreme hot and cold temperatures and other extreme weather and shouldn’t be expected to live exclusively outside. Another concern is to protect your pet from predators that might consider your pets as suitable prey.
4. Pets need to go to the bathroom regularly.
Many types of pets can be housebroken, allowing them the opportunity to roam the house without the worries of accidents. No matter where your pet’s bathroom is, be sure to clean it regularly. Observing proper hygiene and sanitation will prevent dirt and bacteria from piling up and help protect your pet’s health. Your pets will greatly appreciate having a clean area to do their business, too!
5. Make sure that your pet gets regular exercise.
Proper pet care also includes exercising your pet. Exercise is an important part of your pet’s mental, as well as physical, health. Pets also benefit from socialization, whether that’s regular interaction with you, having guests come over, or trips outside of the house. Expand their horizons and improve their people skills while helping them to safely experience new things!
6. Pets require doctor visits and healthy habits.
To ensure that your pets are healthy and nimble, you should take them to a local, trusted veterinarian for wellness check-ups at least once a year. Keeping up on your pet’s vaccinations is essential.
Remember that as a pet-owning renter, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your pet is also a welcome addition to your community. If you allow your pet to violate property rules, damage property or make others uncomfortable, not only could you find yourself searching for a new apartment, but you could also ruin prospects for other pet owners interested in moving in.