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How to Become a Better Pet Owner

April 1, 2015

Your furry friend is an important part of your household. As an animal lover, and a responsible pet owner, you want to do everything possible to ensure that your furbaby is healthy, happy, and safe. Providing your pet with good food, lots of love, regular veterinary care, and a comfortable environment will take care of the basics, but do you know how to help your little buddy truly thrive? In this article, your Niagara Falls veterinarian offers some great tips on how to become a better pet owner.

Set a Schedule

Routines often help us feel more secure, and the same holds true for our furry friends. Your pet will be more comfortable knowing when his next meal is coming.

Exercise

Exercise is great for us, and it’s also wonderful for our animal companions. Proper exercise will keep your pet healthier and reduce the chances of them becoming obese. It will also burn off excess energy, which decreases the likelihood of your little buddy developing behavioral issues.

Stimulation

Playing with your pet will not only help keep him active, it will strengthen the bond between you, and provide much-needed mental stimulation. You may find it helps you relieve stress as well! Carve out time each day to play with your little pal, and provide your animal friend with plenty of toys to keep him amused when you’re gone.

Rules

When raising children, it’s crucial to set boundaries and lay down some ground rules. This applies to pets as well! Whether it’s teaching your kitty proper scratching techniques, showing your Guinea pig how to use a litter box, training your rabbit what he can and can’t chew, or helping your dog master the ‘Lay Down’ command, your little friend will benefit from guidelines for proper ‘petiquette’.

Dental Care

Dental problems are one of the most common, and most preventable, health issues in pets. Keep your pet’s mouth healthy by using proper dental care techniques.

Fresh Water

Just because your pet didn’t finish his water doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be changed. Keep your animal buddy’s water dish filled with fresh water.

Do you have any questions about your pet’s health, care, or behavior? Please contact us, your Niagara Falls vet clinic, for all of your pet care needs. We are always happy to help!

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