What’s Your Perfect Pet?

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Every home needs a pet! There’s just something so wonderful about being able to bring a new addition into your home that you and your family can care for and love. A lot of people love the idea of pets as a whole, but there are some who aren’t sure about the idea of having yet another being in the house eating the food and taking up space. However, no matter what your opinion is, the most important thing is to be aware that not every type of pet is going to be perfect for every home! You should make sure to select the kind of pet that’s going to fit in with your family and your lifestyle. Here are a few things to consider when deciding what your perfect pet really is.

How attached do you want to get?

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This might sound like a slightly odd question. After all, surely you want to get as attached as possible, right? Why would you bring an animal into your home if you didn’t want to get attached to it? However, there are plenty of reasons why you might want a pet that you won’t get quite as close to. For a lot of people, especially kids, the loss of a pet can be like the loss of a family member. If that’s the case and you feel as though your family might be especially sensitive then maybe something like a hamster or a fish might be better. Sure, you and your kids will be sad when they die, but those kinds of animals have much shorter lifespans that cats or dogs, and it means that they will be slightly less crucial to your family’s dynamic. It might sound harsh to say that, but a lot of people simply aren’t emotionally equipped to handle the kind of grief that comes with the loss of a beloved family pet. Of course, if you do want a pet that will become a member of your family then a dog may well be perfect. Getting a puppy is a great way to really feel as though your family has grown by one. You can spend your time looking for the perfect pup, looking up dog names for boys and girls, and figuring out what kinds of breeds would suit your family. For many young kids, having a puppy in the house feels very similar to having a new sibling around.

How much time can you commit?

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Of course, if you work long shifts every single day and don’t have the time or energy in the evenings to take your pet on long walks, then a dog might not be right for you. If you’re looking for a pet that you can shower with affection but don’t necessarily have to dedicate huge amounts of time to training, then you might be better off with something like a cat. Although, many reptiles can be fantastic pets if you’re in this situation. A lot of lizards and snakes can be surprisingly affectionate, but they are also pretty happy to be left alone for incredibly long stretches of time as long as they are fed and watered regularly.

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How to Ensure Your Cats are Healthy & Happy

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Keeping our cats healthy and happy is essential for all you cat lovers. However it’s not always easy to know the best minerals, vitamins and food to feed your cats. Keeping your cats happy and stimulated is also an area that can be shrouded in mystery so today we are sharing the top essential tips to ensure your beloved cats are strong, happy and well looked after.

Don’t Scrimp on Cat Food

First things first, you must all be mindful of the food you are feeding our cats and not just grab the cheapest tins on the shelf. Researching the cat food brands that are supported by extensive research to ensure your cats are eating properly is the best place to start.

Vitamins & Minerals

In addition to the food you are feeding your cats you also need to consider the vitamin supplements that are important to keeping their bodies strong and active. Water soluble vitamins are a good place to start when looking at what’s available on the market. They are easy to feed to your cat and kind to their system. B vitamins are great for maintaining a great immune system and Vitamin C is great for strength and vitality. Other recommended water-soluble vitamins are choline, folic acid, and biotin.

Iron is a mineral that needs to be approached with caution as too much can cause problems. If your cat is iron deficient however it can suffer from many ailments so it’s worth checking this out with your vet. Parasites are also a risk for cats with low levels of iron so you need to stay on top of this.

Calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and chloride are also minerals that are important for cats, so have a look into the different cat supplements available.

Play-Time

Interacting with your cats is one of the most important things you can do to keep them feeling happy, safe and loved. Playing with your cats makes sure that not only are you stimulating your pets, but you are having some all important bonding time.

Avoid dangerous toys like string, plastic bags and small items that they can choke on. There are so many great little toys that will have your cat happily playing on your lap, so have a look for the best Cat Supplies – or – Cat Accessories to see what’s out there

Creating the Ideal Feline Environment

Making your home as cat friendly as possible is one of the best things you can do to ensure your cat is happy and safe. Investing in cat flaps so they can come and go as they please and creating cosy beds for them are all little touches to make sure you are making your home as cosy as possible for your feline friends.

Cats are incredibly clean animals so making sure litter trays are cleaned out daily will keep them happy and keep your home looking and smelling clean and fresh.

Cats love looking out of windows and out into the great outdoors, so think about making one of your window sills a special place for your cat to relax and take in the view. Putting a cushion down in front of the window will create a soothing and relaxing space for your cat.

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A Simple Guide To Caring For An Aging Pet

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When we first bring a new puppy or kitten home, we don’t like to think about the fact one day we will have to care for them as they age. The eternal tragedy of pet ownership is that we are always destined to outlive them.

Nevertheless, for all the years of joy, love, and companionship that they bring us, it seems a fair trade. Even as your beloved furry friend begins to slow down in the autumn of their life, they’re still going to be them, and you’re still going to be you – so you’re going to want to do the best you can for them. Caring for pets as they are can be as rewarding as bounding around with them when they’re younger; it brings you closer.

Obviously, as pets age, the chance of them experiencing a health problem becomes more likely. We’re talking generally about dogs and cats as a collective here, and both are faced with the same sort of problems. Mobility is limited over time, they can suffer from teeth problems, and general wear and tear on their bodies.

However, the first point we should examine is that of kidney failure in cats. Dogs can and do have problems with kidney function, but for cats, it’s almost a certain once they begin to reach the late years in terms of age.

While kidney failure might sound terrifying, it’s actually not. Cats can cope astonishingly well with low levels of kidney function, and there’s plenty you can do to support a good quality of life. Don’t take a diagnosis of kidney failure as a sign you should have your cat put to sleep. They can, and do, thrive after diagnosis – you just need to learn to manage it!

The same applies to mobility issues in dogs. As dogs age, their joints take a beating from all the running around parks they have been doing in their youth. As they slow down, many owners think that their dog has lost their quality of life. That’s not the case – it’s just a slightly different life than what they had before.

Focusing on these two problems – as they are by far the most common – what can you do about them?

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  • Talk to your vet about subcutaneous fluids, which can make a huge difference to how the cat feels.
  • Use a phosphorus binder in their food.
  • Be prepared for the fact they will urinate more often, and not necessarily in the litter tray. They can’t help this; it’s not bad behavior, so try and adjust to it. It might mean you need to bring in the likes of Arevalo Bros Chem-Dry every so often to help rid your home of any lingering smells on carpets, but it’s a small price to pay for your cat’s continued comfort.
  • Raise their food bowl in your home. This is more comfortable for them to eat from. It may be inconvenient and require some household rearranging, but again, small price to pay.

Loss Of Mobility In Dogs

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  • Look into supplementing joint-friendly treatments which can give an extra lease of life. Your vet will likely have a list of recommendations.
  • Consider a doggy stroller. They may look silly, but your dog can still get all the benefits of being outside without any concerns about being uncomfortable.
  • If your dog likes to sleep on your bed or sit on the sofa, they might need a step to help them over the height.

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Pet Practice?

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To get a pet, or not? It’s a harder question than we might think. At first, the cute factor plays a significant role in our desire. But, when our minds are made up, we consider the practicalities. There’s no denying that pets are cute. Babies are cute, and we wouldn’t rush into getting one of those. There’s more to pet ownership than meets the eye. If you don’t know what you’re getting into, you could have a bumpy road in store. That’s not fair on your new pet, or you. Your best bet is to know what’s coming.  Here a few ways to see what a pet-filled future holds!

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DO YOUR RESEARCH
Before taking any major steps,  do your research. You don’t even have to go out and buy expensive pet books to get what you need. All you need to do is head online and see what you find. There are countless websites about the pros and cons for any pet you can think of. You can even watch videos on Youtube! So, there’s no excuse not to know your stuff! When starting out, general research is all you need. At this stage, you may not know which pet you’re interested in. Find out everything you can about those you’re considering on sites like www.petplace.com. That way, you can narrow your options. Return to your research once you’ve made up your mind and find out more in depth information. You’ll need to know about food, exercise needs, and even health issues.

VOLUNTEER
The next step is to volunteer somewhere with animals galore. You may want to choose a shelter, and help animals without homes. Or, you could head to a veterinary hospital, like the one found at www.railwayavevet.com.au. The benefit of volunteering is that you’ll come across a variety of different animals. This is fantastic if you aren’t sure which pet most interests you because it’s a chance to see each animal in action! You’ll also get a better idea of how much of a responsibility pet ownership can be. In a shelter, you’ll see how many people fail to cope with their animals. In a veterinary hospital, you’ll see owners going above and beyond to keep their pets healthy!

BORROW A PET
Once you’ve decided which, if any, pet is for you, it’s time to get serious with your practice. Call around friends with pets and see if they would mind you borrowing their pet for a day. Chances are, they’ll be happy to help in your perfect pet quest. Of course, one day is small fry in the grand scheme of things. But, it’ll still contribute to making up your mind. And, it should give you some idea of what goes into being a good pet owner. Take note of how you and the pet in question bond. It may be love at first sight, or you may realize that your pet dreams aren’t going to work out. Either way, it will help you make a decision.

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Bonding with your dog can be a little trickier than you first thought it could be for one simple reason; they can’t speak your language. That is why it is so important that you know what some of the little tips and tricks are to help you build up an ever better relationship with your gorgeous pup.

  1. No More Pseudo-Attention

Just like humans, dogs can tell when you are paying them attention and when you are sort of just pretending to. So instead of lazily scratching their head as you watch another episode of Game Of Thrones, or looking at your phone and deciding whether or not to buy that author’s new best seller, put in a little extra effort with your dog. Give them your full attention and full on belly rub.

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  1. There’s No Time Like One-On-One Time

What better way is there to bond with your pup than to just spend undivided time with them. It could be that you stock up on some of the best toys for dogs and spend the entire day with them in the park. It could be a nice long grooming session that does the trick. What about an extended walk along the beach, with a quick pit stop for lunch? It could be as simple as relaxing as chilling with them on your porch, just hanging out. Whatever it is, make sure it lasts longer than a half hour.

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  1. The Key To Life Is Good Communication

Everything is easier when you communicate better, and that is no different when it comes to your bond with your dog. Of course, a great place to start is consistent signals, especially when you are training them. If you’re not consistent then how on earth are they going to know what is going on? Quite simply, they’re not.

  1. Get To Know The Personality A Bit More

Every dog is different. They all have a different personality, a different character, something unique that makes them tick and squirm and shiver. They’re pretty much identical to humans in that respect. So know what your dog likes. They may be a lazy bundle of cuddles that just wants to lay with you on the sofa all day. Of course, they may be totally independent and not want to see you for most of the day, which is perfectly cool too. They might love a classic game of catch, or they may despise its very existence and think you’re the most condescending person on earth. Every dog is different, so get to know yours.

  1. Who Doesn’t Want To Learn Tricks

Dogs love mental stimulation. Okay, in order to main consistent with the point above, your dog might love mental stimulation. So why not embrace that whimsical child-like wonder within you and try and teach your dog a new trick every week. Start off with the simple tasks like sit and lie, and then slowly head toward tight-rope walking, teaching it to clean the house for you and scuba-diving. Anything that requires some form of training and/or positive reinforcement is going to be super-duper for you and your dog.

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What You Never Knew About Cats

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No matter how well you know them, cats are mysterious little critters and are determined to stay that way. We may never know why one minute they are demanding your attention, and the next they can’t get away from you quickly enough. Here’s hoping this guide will provide some insight into kitty’s brain.

Ancient cats were not pets

If you’ve ever felt like your cat saw you as a provider of food and not their beloved owner, you can probably blame their ancestors. Some researchers claim that ancient Chinese cats, Felis silvestris lybica,  were not domesticated, but rather lived in a mutually beneficial relationship with humans yet independent. They would hunt the rodents that lived in the grain stores of early farmers. A 2007 study showed that F. s. lybica was domesticated 9000 years ago as grain cultivation spread and farmers needed more reliable pest control.

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Cats don’t like change

If kitty has been sick or refusing food lately, the problem may not be with them, but rather with any changes in their routine. Even if your cat is in perfect health, any disruption to their routine will have them vomiting hairballs or being extra picky about their food. The best thing to do is to help them adjust to bigger changes and try and keep the little things as similar as possible.

Cats get around

You may not be shocked to know that your cat covers a lot of ground during the day, which is why it’s very important to have them microchipped (learn more about microchipping at Oz Microchips). But you may not have given much thought to how far your cat can travel during the night. A study in Wales tracked cats using GPS and found that they wandered up to three miles at a time, at speeds of 21mph. This is really surprising when they’re home in time to wake you up at 4 am.

Cats look after you, not the other way around

At least, that’s how they see it. Even when you’re catering to their every need, cats don’t think humans are capable of looking after themselves. The next time you’re grossed out by them bringing home a dead mouse, know that this is how your cat looks after you. They have hunted down your dinner and presented it to you because they don’t want you to starve.

Purring doesn’t always mean they’re happy

It’s easy to assume that your cat is happy because it’s purring in the comfort of your lap. However, they also purr when they’re stressed or in pain and trying to heal themselves. The purr of a domestic cat has a frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. At this frequency, muscles best grow and repair themselves. It could be that cats evolved their purr over the centuries as a survival tactic.

They can be left or right pawed

It’s not just humans who have a dominant hand. Research conducted in 2009 showed that male cats are usually left-pawed and female cats are usually right-pawed.

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6 Awesome Ways To Celebrate National Puppy Day

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There is no love like puppy love, and with National Puppy Day fast approaching, here is a list of six awesome ways you can show your special little pup just how much you love them back. This list is appropriate for puppies of all ages, so that everyone can get in on the fun.

Revamp their toy bin

Although it may be their absolute favorite, that worn out chew toy may now be infested with bacteria and other nasty things that aren’t healthy for your puppy. This National Puppy Day, treat them to new and clean toys.

Pledge to keep them safe and healthy

There are many things you could do to make sure your puppy is happy and healthy every day, not just on National Puppy Day. If you haven’t already, you could switch to a holistic brand of puppy food, invest in a canine first aid kit to keep in your car, you could make sure your pup is up to date on their vaccines, or double-check that your house is puppy proof. Most importantly, make sure you have micro-chipped and I.D tagged your puppy, so they will always come home.

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Give your puppy some exercise

Mix things up by taking your puppy for a long walk somewhere new, like the woods, the beach, or somewhere they can have fun and socialize with other puppies such as Meadowlake Pet Resort. Not only will it be good for them to run around and build their strong bodies, but it’s a fantastic time to take pictures of them interacting with nature and other dogs. Make sure to snap a few selfies too!

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Spread the love

Everyone deserves puppy love, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a puppy. Spread the love around on National Puppy Day by taking your pup to visit an elderly community, a friend who is having a hard time, or check to see if your local hospital has a pet visit program. Your puppy could make a lot of new friends, and he could put a smile on so many faces.

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Pamper your puppy

As this is a special day, why not treat your puppy to a massage or holistic spa treatment? You could purchase all natural bath products and give him a luxurious bath then give him a brush to get rid of excess fur. Or you could buy him a trendy new leash and collar, or a cute outfit. Then you could snap a picture of your puppy looking all pampered and fabulous for everyone to ooh over.

Don’t have a puppy?

There are still so many ways you could take part in National Puppy Day, even if you don’t have a pup of your own. If you’re unable to adopt a puppy, why not volunteer to walk dogs at a shelter, or donate toys, food, and money. You could even get your whole family and friends involved by hosting a fundraiser to raise funds for your local animal shelter.

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New Puppy: Common Errors To Avoid

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It’s always so exciting when you decide to add a doggy to your family. After all, they can give your family years of fun and happiness. And they become a real part of the family when you do get a pooch. After all, the kids love them to bits! But when you do get a puppy to add to the family, you need to make sure you take care of it and train the pooch properly from the start. After all, you will be surprised how many people end up regretting not being more thorough at the very beginning! Here are some common errors to avoid when you get a new puppy.

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Not getting them to the vets early

Wherever you decide to get your beloved new pet, you need to check straight away if they have been to the vets yet. After all, they will need to have some initial checks when they are a few weeks old. And you need to check if they have been yet for the appointment. If they haven’t, it’s so important to get them to the vets as soon as possible. After all, they will check things like your puppy’s eyes and ears to make sure they are well and healthy. And they will discuss other things you need to do in the next few months including vaccines and neutering. In fact, a lot of vets do starter packs where you pay one amount and get everything included. And while it might be expensive (don’t get a dog if you’re struggling for money), it will ensure your dog gets everything they need. Therefore, take them to the vets a week or so after taking your pooch home so you can ensure they are a healthy and happy pup.

Not getting them chipped

A lot of people forget about the fact their beloved doggy needs to be microchipped. In fact, after they have had their initial vaccines, pet owners don’t take them back again for their chip. But you don’t want to live with regret if they get lost or stolen and have no form of ID. After all, it will make it much harder for them to be traced to you and your family. In fact, someone else might take them in as their own pet as they think they are homeless. Therefore, to ensure you protect your pet’s future, you need to make sure they are microchipped via the vet. And make sure you keep your address and phone number updated. That way, they will be able to contact you if they find your pet. And for extra safety, you could always attach a little ID to their collar. You can put your name and address on there so that people can get in touch if they find your beloved pooch.

Not teaching them obedience and discipline

In the first few months of owning your pet, a lot of the time will be spent playing with your pooch. And getting to know your new family member who the kids will adore. But to ensure you have a well-behaved dog in the future, you need to start teaching them obedience and discipline as early as possible. After all, a lot of dog owners look back in regret that they weren’t stricter with their pooch when they were a puppy. And they have to deal with the consequences of a naughty pet as they get older. Therefore, it’s time to take them to some obedience classes to ensure they learn how to be well-behaved. And make sure you implement discipline if they are naughty at home. You might want to shut them out of certain rooms to limit playing when they have been bad. And you could even opt for a bark collar which you can read about in this article which can help them to behave. Ensuring they learn now what is good and bad will ensure you have a good mannered and well-behaved pooch in the future!

Not setting some no-go areas

A lot of people let their puppy go all around the house when they first get them. After all, they feel bad restricting certain rooms. But if your dog does have full run of the home, it might mean they can cause trouble in rooms you would love to keep in good condition. And then you might look back in the future with regret that they damaged the furniture or chewed the carpet. Therefore, it’s a good idea to restrict the rooms they can go in at the beginning. In fact, you might want to use a dog cage to show them which areas they should be in. It can help to ensure they know where to sleep at night so that they don’t end up on the kid’s bed! And whichever rooms you do allow your pooch to go in, make sure you hide your belongings. After all, you don’t want to find they have had a good chewing session on your favorite socks.

Not getting pet insurance

Pet insurance is another bill people can do without. Therefore, a lot of pet owners don’t opt to pay for it for their dog. But they might live to regret this in years to come if their pet runs into a health problem. And then you don’t have the funds to pay out for your pet. After all, it might mean you have to say goodbye earlier than you have to. Or even resort to loans to pay out for treatment for your pet. Therefore, as soon as you get your pet, you should opt to get pet insurance. And the younger they are, the less it will cost, so you should do it when they are a puppy!

And make sure you remember that puppies will grow up into fully formed dogs. It might sound obvious, but a lot of people forget when they get a cute, cuddly puppy for their family. But do ensure you have space and time for a big doggy too before you commit to adding one to your family. In fact, make sure you read up about the breed first before you go to the shelter, so you don’t make an error.

 

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No Pet Yet? Why Your Family Needs A Dog

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There’s no denying that dogs are lovable, welcoming and cute balls of fur, whether they’re tiny pups or huge, majestic beasts. Just looking at that picture above is likely enough to sell you on the undeniable majesty of dogs, of course, but perhaps you’re still hesitant about ever getting one of your own because the nature of looking after any pet sounds exhausting, costly and far too time-consuming.

However, the downsides are not quite so stressful as they may seem on the surface, and the positives for your family far outweigh any concerns you may have. If there are too many unknowns and unanswerable questions, here are some reasons why your family needs a furry, lovable addition.

They can protect your children from health issues.

This isn’t to say that dogs have any sense of medical knowledge, as far as experts are aware, but they can help to keep your home dust-free which could protect your children from dangerous allergies and other problems and a whole host of other health hazards. That’s right; a dog isn’t just a pretty face.

 

They’ll keep you active.

Dogs are crazy, wild and untamed creatures, and no amount of domestication will ever change that. On the surface, this might seem exhausting, but it could be just what you and the rest of your family needs to kick yourselves into gear and get moving. Dogs are perfect little motivating companions in this regard because you have to take them out for walks, and most of the time they’ll end up taking you for the walk (if you’ll excuse the stereotypical saying there).

They’ll keep you safe.

Dogs are naturally loyal and protective creatures, and once they’re part of your family they see you as more than a friend, but a person about whom they deeply care and want to protect from all types of harm. Sure, house alarms might work a treat too, but a dog is a visible and strong threat against any kind of intruder. They might be lovable and soft with you, but dogs can be intimidating and tough when they’re matched with anything or anyone dangerous. There’s no better bodyguard.

 

They’re not so hard to look after.

Well, they’re easier to look after than a human, in many ways, at the very least. There are plenty of places where you can get dog grooming tips if you’re wondering what more there is to do than simply keeping them fit and healthy. Unlike washing yourself, keeping your dog clean, well-fed and happy is always a fun and slightly crazy adventure, but they’re lower-maintenance than you might think.

 

There’s a reason they’re known as “man’s best friend”.

Of course, a dog can be anyone’s best friend, but the saying holds some real truth. Dogs are incredibly loyal, friendly and intelligent. They feed off our emotions, and we feed off theirs, which is why humans have become such great friends with dogs. If you needed any real reason to invite a dog into your family, this is it.

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Is Your Dog Family? Make Sure You Treat Them Like It

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For many people, their dog is part of the family. However, although you might say that your dog is a family member or like one of your children, you also have to think about how you really treat them. Do they get an equal place in your priorities and do you consider them in all things? Whether you already have a dog or you’re about to get one, making sure they are truly part of your family requires you to follow through on some important things. You can go the extra mile to ensure that they are treated just as well as other family members.

Take Them on Trips

Would you leave a family member behind every time you go away? While it’s sometimes more convenient to leave your dog at home, just as it can be to leave your kids at home, making arrangements to take them with you can be a good idea too. In fact, when you plan your vacations, you can take your dog into account before you decide where to go and what to do. Some dogs don’t travel too well and will be more relaxed being look after at home. But there are plenty who love to travel. You can use resources like CanineTrip.com to find out the best ways to travel with your pooch. The right equipment is important, from travel crates to portable food and drink bowls.

Consider Your Dog When Making Life Changes

If your dog is a member of your family, you always need to think about them when anything changes in your life. You might not always be able to plan these changes, but you can consider what is best for your dog. Some major changes that require you to think about your dog’s needs include moving home, having a baby or adopting, and even a change of working hours. You need to think about how you can meet your dog’s needs to keep them happy. Sometimes, this could even mean not going through with the change you were considering.

Give Them the Right Kind of Attention

All dogs deserve attention, but paying attention to them in the right way is what’s important. While hugs and cuddles are a good start, many dogs need other types of attention. You need to keep them physically and mentally stimulated, and some dogs need these more than others. For example, some dogs will get bored if they don’t have something to occupy them.

Getting Them the Right Care

Of course, it’s also essential to ensure your dog gets the medical care they need. If you would vaccinate your children and make a doctor’s appointment for them as soon as they even sniffle, you should do the same for your dog. Veterinary care can be expensive, but pet insurance will help to protect you if your dog gets ill or is injured. You can visit a site like petinsurance.com to find the right insurance.

If you see your dog as part of the family, make sure you treat them like one. They deserve to receive lots of care and attention.

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