Pet Care for Seniors: How to Keep Your Animal Healthy and Happy
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Pets can be hugely beneficial for seniors; not only do they provide companionship, they also help relieve stress and anxiety and can even lower blood pressure. Simply petting an animal can be good for us, so it’s no wonder many Americans own pets of all kinds. It’s important to make sure you find the right pet for you, however, and to understand all the things that come with owning one. It can be hard work to care for a pet, and it can also be costly.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make the process easier on both you and the animal. First, do some research on the type of pet you want and the breed you like. Some breeds are more prone to health issues; others have specific problems they’re predisposed to that won’t be of concern to you; for instance, pugs and other dogs with pushed-in faces have trouble with air travel because it’s hard for them to breathe; however, if you don’t plan on taking any flights with him, it won’t be an issue. Also, be sure to check your local pet shelter for an animal rather than buying at a pet store; it’s often the less expensive option and you’ll be rescuing an animal who desperately needs love and care.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to keep your animal safe, healthy, and happy.
Groom Him Regularly
All pets need to be groomed in some way; not only does it help them stay clean and safe, but it also helps protect your home from dander, hair, and damage. Dogs and cats should be brushed every day, preferably outdoors to prevent excess fur from accumulating in the house. Nails should be trimmed about once a month; this will keep your floors and carpets looking nice and will prevent injuries should they grow too long and snag on your flooring.
Install a Fence
Giving your pet plenty of room to run and play will help him stay healthy, but it’s also important to think about safety. Consider having a fence installed that will keep him from straying; not only will this prevent possible injuries from cars and other animals, but it will also prevent breeding. Keep in mind that the average price for installing a fence is about $2,400 across the nation; a six-foot wood privacy fence costs between $10 and $28 per linear foot.
Get Familiar with His Needs
Your pet’s needs will vary depending on his age and size, so make sure you’re familiar with how much he needs to eat and exercise according to his growth rate. Puppies, for instance, need to eat several times a day, whereas older dogs may only need to eat once a day. If you’re unsure of how much to give your pet, talk to your veterinarian for some tips.
Keep Him Dry
If your dog loves to spend time outdoors but you don’t have the room or budget for a doghouse, create your own using a large plastic bin with a hole cut out that’s big enough for your pet to come and go on his own. This will allow him to have some independence and keep him dry and safe at the same time. This is also a good tip for cats who spend time outside.
Taking good care of your pet will ensure that he’s around for many years to come, meaning the two of you will give one another comfort and companionship for a long time. Talk to your vet about the best ways to keep your pet safe, such as spaying or neutering, and make sure he gets regular checkups and vaccinations. Keeping an updated tag on his collar will go a long way toward helping him stay safe when he spends time outdoors.