Vets share things owners can do to make their dogs’ & cats’ lives better (18 GIFs)
Pets deserve the best. Right? We derive so much enjoyment from our little adopted friends that it’s worth our time to take extra care of them in any way we can. And who knows better how to treat our pets than the Vets themselves?
Below Vets share some helpful tips to help make our own pets’ lives just a little bit better…
I toss small treats in the house or out in the yard to allow my dogs to sniff and hunt. I literally take a small handful of dog food and toss it into the air to scatter it. They love it and it engages their minds.
I think the best thing you can do for your new pet, especially a puppy or kitten, is handle it A LOT when they’re young. Getting them used to having their feet handled, nails trimmed, mouth opened (even extra benefit if you get them used to teeth brushing daily – gold standard for at home dental care), ears touched (particularly breeds prone to ear infections – huge benefit in the future if you have to administer topical ear medication)…
Restraint is also a big thing. I always tell my clients to practice restraint with their animals. That wriggly puppy that is cute when it nips when you hold it still grows up into a large dog that can’t be safely examined because it hasn’t learned to be okay with restraint.
Actually play with them, if it’s inside or outside, PLAY WITH THEM
My greyhound is quite old (13 years) and doesn’t have the energy to play like he used to. What are some other ways to keep him mentally engaged and connected?
Regular walks they don’t have to be far but just long enough for them to know they got out and you can increase the distance as you go.
Cartrophen/pentosan/zydax injections are relatively cheap and can keep your pet comfortable by not only helping to prevent future arthritis but by helping to ease any that is already present.
Rather than just getting them a bunch of toys and hoping that keeps them entertained…just sit on the floor and actually interact with them for a bit. Establishes a connection, and is cheaper than a bunch of fancy products that you toss to them and hope they are enthralled.
For cats, how can I keep them entertained when I’m at work? They’ve got toys, but they lose power throughout the day. I feel so bad for them. I wish cats were social
They’re most probably napping when you’re out. Cats need to sleep a lot.
Yeah, they’re basically resting for about 20ish hours a day, every day.
For small pets, stop shoving them in tiny cages and then forgetting about them!! Most pet store cages are incredibly tiny compared to the bare minimum the specific animals need. Do your homework and make sure you are getting something large enough.
And for pets that you can, LET THEM OUT! Guinea pigs, rabbits, some birds, they want to be let out and love the extra space. Just do it safely.
Not let them get overweight. Get their nails trimmed regularly. – licensed vet tech
Removing a mass when it’s small is faster (less anesthetic risk), less invasive, less painful, less expensive and has a better chance of curing cancer should the mass turn out to be cancerous. This is even more pressing on delicate areas like eyelids and feet where there may not be a lot of extra tissue to work with should a large lump need to be removed.
Fixed feeding times with properly sized portions.
Any advice on trying to take care of cat teeth? I tried brushing, but it is like attempting to clean a furry-clawed whirlwind.
It can be very tricky particularly if you don’t start then young. The key thing is to make the cat like the process, so really slow and steady. S Start by putting some kind of treat (liver pâté fish paste…) on the brush and let them lick it off for 4-6 weeks. Then just place it under the lip and let them lick it off for another month. Really gradual process. The idea to keep in mind is you want your cat to think you are rubbing treats into their mouth.
This works in pretty much all dogs, but is harder in cats!
I am a veterinarian
For health, the biggest things are 1. Exercise, 2. Pay attention to what can be dangerous/toxic for them and avoid it (heads stuck in potato chip bags is one people miss lately, and keep your drugs out of their reach! They’re small and more easily affected), 3. Brush their teeth.
Enjoy your pets! They love you!
The best advice I’ve seen, and used to good effect, is to make a bedtime ritual for you and the kitties. They are very much creatures of habit and will get used to the routine. Get them playing, and I mean playing, about an hour or so before you want them to bed down. Run their furry butts. They’ll go and go, and when they start plopping down, feed them. Then, go get ready for bed. They should settle down quick and sleep. BTW, establishing a bedtime ritual is a good tactic for insomnia as well. I hope it helps and you all get good sleep.
Read up on the food you buy for your pets, you might actually be spending more money for shittier quality food.
If your cat is stressed at the vet, take home some gabapentin to put on her food before her next visit. She will be safe, happy, and calm, and the vet will be able to examine her more thoroughly.
I’ve heard similar, put the thought of it into perspective.
“Your pet is a part of your life, but to them you are all their life.”
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