Pet Ownership: The Most Common Questions

Owning a pet isn’t as easy as it is perceived to be. While of course there are huge advantages to owning a pet, whether that is a cat, a dog, or even something small and furry, they all come with their own set of requirements, financial commitment, and time invested. However, no matter what type of pet you have as part of your family, there are some common questions that get raised across the spectrum. I thought I would share with you some of them today.

Is there specific pet food that is healthier?

It shouldn’t be a surprise that any pet owner will only want to provide the best for their beloved pets, so food is a high priority when it comes to making sure that what they eat is the healthiest it can be. There is no specific answer, and of course, it depends on the type of pet that you have, but it is common to gravitate toward pet food that has been certified.

How much food does my pet need?

This can be a tricky one to answer, because mostly if you put a set amount of food in front of your pet, they will most likely eat it all up, no matter whether they were full or hungry at the time. This can then lead on to health problems like obesity in pets if you are not careful. It’s always worth checking the guidelines for the amount of weight of food you provide for your pet depending on their size, weight, and breed. This is when things like dog feeders or specific automatic feeders could be a worthy investment. Making sure that your pet only eats what is necessary.

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Does my pet need to be vaccinated?

Most veterinarians would agree that a specific course of vaccinations is recommended for your pet. Especially if you find yourself wanting to use the services of a kennel or cattery if you plan on vacationing. Of course, the type of vaccinations given will vary, depending on the type of pet you own. If in doubt, talk to your vet, and they will advise the best course of action for your pet.

Should I brush my pets’ teeth?

I think we can all agree that a dog’s breath can be a little smelly at times, and I am sure a cat will possibly be the same. So it shouldn’t be surprising that some pet owners would go to the extreme of brushing their pets’ teeth regularly. There are procedures that some vets can do that will remove any buildup of plaque or tartar, but brushing would probably only be required two or three times a week. It may be best to let an expert brush your cat’s teeth, as they are smaller and more tricky to handle if they feel a little threatened by the situation.

How often should I bathe my pet?

Cat’s shouldn’t need too much regular grooming in this way, but it’s common to give your dog a bath every now and again, especially after going on a particularly muddy walk. However, too much bathing can cause dry and irritated skin. Once a week should suffice and will leave your pet pooch smelling divine.

I hope that this will have answered any questions you may have about pet ownership.