Pets are great loyal and loving companions. Studies show that owning a pet brings a number of benefits to people and surely pet owners could not agree more to this claim. First, having a pet boosts a person’s immune system, reduces the risk of high blood pressure, contributes to having a healthy heart, and lowers the chances of depression and anxiety. Overall, pets make people feel good, happy, and relaxed.
Still, your decision to own a pet is something that you should not take lightly. Being the master, you need to know and understand some important guidelines regarding having pets at home. Like children, pets need your loving hands, care, and attention. You have to make sure that they grow happy, healthy, and safe. On top of that, you as the owner should also stay the same—healthy, safe, and happy.
These are 6 of the most essential know-how you need to take into account if you have pets, especially the furry ones like cats and dogs, living under the same roof with you:
1. Pets are potential carriers of germs and parasites that are detrimental to our health.
One reason that people get sick is having acquired harmful bacteria from their very own pets. Diseases that people pick up from animals are known as zoonotic diseases. No matter how healthy your pet appears, it’s always possible that they have harmful germs clinging to their bodies which may be spread to humans.
2. You must invest in regular and lifelong veterinary care.
Pets must be kept healthy so your family will also stay healthy. In connection to number one, pet owners must bear in mind the significance of keeping pets healthy. One way to realize this is to provide them with expert care through a veterinarian. Vets are highly knowledgeable when it comes to keeping your pets in their best shape. Appropriate flea and tick control, deworming, and vaccinations are among the things your veterinarian can offer you and your furry friend.
3. Groom your pets.
Dogs and cats, in particular, need to be groomed through regular thorough brushing so they will obtain a healthy coat. Grooming also helps lessen hair loss, which adversely affects your home’s sanitation. It can be challenging to remove your pet’s excess hair especially when the hairs are stubbornly stuck in upholstered furniture. Bathing your pets is also part of grooming them and is a good way to also protect your pets from ticks and fleas.
4. Observe proper hygiene.
This applies not only to you but also to your pet. On your end, always be sure to practice regular hand washing after touching or handling your pet, that is, after feeding and dressing them up, after bathing them, and after cleaning their mess. Use soap when washing your hands and rinse them under running water to wash germs away. Moreover, make sure to clean and disinfect all supplies and stuff belonging to your pet. When cleaning pet things, never do it in your bathroom or kitchen sinks or near areas where you prepare your food to avoid contamination.
5. Watch out for fleas and ticks.
When you have a furry pet, there is always a high tendency for the existence of ticks and fleas. Your and your pets are both at risk once you have ticks and fleas inhabiting your household. In case you have fleas and ticks infesting your home, make sure to ask professional assistance to eliminate these external parasites, which are also propagators of serious illnesses. Heat treatment is known to be the most effective method to wipe out ticks and fleas. This should only be executed through pest control experts to ensure that your pets are also safe during the process.
6. Have the commitment to take care of your pets.
Before you welcome a new furry member to your family, ask yourself how long you are willing to commit to looking after your pet. Do you have the time, energy, and resources for pet ownership? As already mentioned, pets demand long-term commitment from you as their master, so if you know that you cannot genuinely devote your time to pursue your obligations as a pet owner, then forget about owning a pet.
These six basic pointers are important to get you started in having a pet. One last thing to remember though—train your pet. Having a pet is already rewarding, even more so if you succeed in training your pets so they will behave well, thereby lessening your hygiene issues at home. For instance, you can teach your cat or dog where to poop. Training pets definitely takes time but it is undeniably worth it.