Creating a pet care routine keeps your furry friend happy, healthy, and comfortable. But the idea of establishing a routine can be daunting and overwhelming. According to veterinarian, Dr. Eva Evans from Pets Bests, “Routine preventative care is an easy way to keep your pet as healthy as possible.”
Your routine preventive care doesn’t have to be complex or mundane. In fact, your routine should be simple and realistic. Keeping your pet’s care organized takes the stress out of caring for your furry friend. Establishing a routine gives you peace of mind and is invaluable when training your pet.
In this post we cover 6 simple steps to help you manage your pet care routine.
Keep it Simple
Your pets’ routine should be simple and easy to follow. One of the biggest challenges of pet care is fitting it into your daily lives. Ensure that your daily routine is concise and straightforward to save you time. One of the easiest ways to keep your pet care routine simple is to consider the needs of your pet alongside yours.
For example, before you shower to get ready for work plan to walk your dog or freshen his water. Your furry friend will know when to expect to go out and likely stand by the door, which saves you time.
Reinforce Positive Behavior
Your furry friend is the best at reading your moods and feeling your vibes. Victoria Stilwell, founder of Positively, explains, “If you give your dog a reward (praise, play, food, toys, etc.) when he responds to you or offers an action or a behavior that you like, then that behavior is likely to be repeated.”
As you work to create a daily pet care routine it is important to encourage good behaviors. Use treats, happy tones, and warm facial expressions to communicate your satisfaction and happiness.
Stick To A Routine Feeding Time
The amount of food your veterinarian recommends for your pet, can help you choose your best feeding times. While some pets may need to eat once a day, others may need two or more feedings.
Avoid allowing your pet to graze throughout the day. Establishing eating times helps with potty training and ensures walks are the most productive. If the activity level of your pet requires more than two feedings, speak to your veterinarian.
Always keep your pet’s bowls of water and food in the same designated area. This is important for her routine and gives her a sense of “her space”.
Establish Regular Exercise Routines
Your furry friend needs sensible daily exercise. Exercise supports their physical health as well as promotes mental clarity. Dogs and cats can get bored just like people do. A regular exercise routine helps your pet recharge and let out pent up energy.
Boredom is also one of the leading causes of trouble and destruction. Well behaved pets enjoy regular exercise routines and playtime.
When looking to establish an exercising routine consider the breed of your pet. For example, herding dogs such as Border Collies have high energy levels and need to run or walk longer distances. If you are aware your pet’s energy level, you can build a routine that works and is effective.
Cat exercise routines are also known as their playtime. Your feline needs to hone in to his hunting skills so design routines to meet this need. Take time to play with your cat using toys with feathers or other objects on a string. Cats also love chasing lasers. For more information on the best practices for laser beams and cat’s play check out this guide by Pets Cube.
Make Grooming Doable
Pet grooming largely depends on the type or breed of your pet. Longer haired pets will always need weekly or daily brushing or combing. Long fur can get tangled and become a huge problem if not maintained.
Short-hair breeds are easier to maintain. But don’t let that be a reason not to continue grooming weekly. Check their nails, ears and eyes weekly to help you stay on top of issues before they become a problem.
Most pets shouldn’t need a bath more than once a month. However, if your pet is a hairless breed, such as a Mexican Hairless dog or the Sphynx Hairless cat it will require regular baths. Hairless breeds need to bathe at least once weekly and require special lotions to keep their skin healthy and hydrated.
Give Your Pet A Space of His Own
Your furry friend needs a space in your home or yard designated just for them. This special space needs to be a dry, warm and draft free area with comfortable bedding. For dogs, your preference may be a crate or carrier. Or you may prefer just a padded bed in a corner.
Cats enjoy snuggling down into a padded bed but tend to explore your entire home. However, cats do feel safer if they have a place to perch, such as a cat tower. This enables cats to be high and keep an eye on the movement in your home or yard. Consider a cat tower with a shelter box for added comfort.
Most household pets feel safe in a place they can shelter in if they become frightened or need quiet time. As you consider your pet’s space, be sure to place it in a non-traffic or low traffic area in your home or yard.
These simple steps can help you get started on a establishing the best pet care routine for your furry friend. A good pet routine will reduce your pet’s anxiety and improve your relationship with your pet. It will also enable your pet to become less anxious about potty time, feeding, exercise, and grooming. For insights and more information about how to master your pet’s care routine call us and speak to the best vet in Raleigh.