Do your homework first and select a pet that will complement your family’s lifestyle—be it energetic, laid-back, service-oriented, sports-minded or whatever! The good news is that there is a wonderful pet just waiting to spend his/her life with you.
*Treat your pet the way you want to be treated: with kindness and respect. Understand and appreciate what makes your pet unique because of its breed characteristics and/ or species tendencies. Cats like to explore and climb, retrievers are born to retrieve, herding dogs just might nip at your heels, etc….
Feed your pet! As simple as it sounds, providing quality food and plenty of fresh water goes a long way in keeping your special friend happy and healthy. There are many diets to choose from so take care to select a well-known brand that suits your pets’ nutritional needs, medical condition and/or stage in life. And remember, as Dr. Franklin says: “Feed by sight—if your pet looks too heavy, s/he is!”
Protect your pet. Keeping your cat or dog on your property can usually prevent serious injury-such as being hit by a car or involved in an animal fight. Confining your pet when traveling in a vehicle is a good safety tip for both of you and so is using a sturdy collar and leash when walking your favorite dog. Your pet is depending on you!
Talk to you pet, they really do like the sound of your voice. As time passes you will develop your own special language and be happy to find that pets are excellent, understanding listeners particularly when you’ve had a bad day!
So no matter which way you look at it sharing your life with a pet or two is a way of caring that’s good for you!