I can already say that you want to be a better pet parent to your furbaby because you are reading this blog post. Well done.
We always want the best for our furbaby and for them to live the best possible life. So the question is; how can you be a better pet parent? Well, that’s easy, just follow the tips below, and you are well on your way to be an even better pet parent.
How to be a Better Pet Parent
- Be Pro-Active
- Educate Yourself
- Body Language
Being pro-active is being able to identify something and stop it before it happens. For example; leaving food on the table or coffee table that your dog is not allowed to eat. Removing the food before your dog even thinks about eating it.
Moving electrical cords out of the way, so your dog doesn’t think about chewing on them later when you’re not at home.
An idea would be to stop and look around your house and remove all possible hazards or risks that may affect your dog. Think of it as essentially baby-proofing your home, but for your dog.
Education is crucial when understanding your dog and their needs. I know this from personal experience with Harley, she had anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in February 2017, and it was a complicated process. I read everything I could about the surgery and what it entailed. I also educated myself on worse case scenarios, which happened with Harley.
You can read all about her troubles with the surgery in Harley’s Diary.
You don’t need to be an expert all dog-related things, but having a basic understanding of your dog and their specific needs will go a long way in understanding your dog better and also when it comes time to have discussions with your veterinarian. The more information you have, the better off you will be, not only for your dog but for yourself too.
I was very stressed out and overwhelmed with Harley’s surgery, especially when things started to go downhill with her, and she becomes very ill for two months following the surgery.
Also related: Ticks on Dogs
Brushing up your knowledge with fleas, ticks, and worms is a great place to start as this is apart of your dog’s routine prevention care plan. Then you can move onto vaccinations, heartworm and anything else that is specific to your dogs breed.
Also – Dog’s Nails
Another thing people forget is checking their dog’s nails, especially if they don’t get to run around on hard surfaces they can grow long have seen nails grow round thru pads. Dog’s have lots of bones in their feet which can become distorted painful from overgrown nails. Dogs licking at feet can be a sign of nails needing attention.
Understanding your dog’s body language will help you recognize when something isn’t right. Picking up on subtle changes may help to identify an illness quicker which will allow for faster diagnoses.
Below is a few example of changes that are common in dogs when are ill.
- Change of habits – This could be toilet habits, changes in stools.
- Quiet – Not wanting to play or run around.
- Withdrawn – Not joining the family or preferring to stay alone rather than be by your side.
- Loss of appetite – Not eating their favourite meal will be a reliable indicator that your dog isn’t feeling right.
I hope this has helped you and enabled you to get some tips on how to be a better pet parent.
Over to you: Do you have any other tips on how to become a better pet parent?
Gina and Harley