How to care for our furry kids

Our furry companions include cats, dogs, birds, etc. Having these lovely beings around us is great for us but they also need constant care and love. After all, they are our constant companions.

Caring for an animal is like caring for a child. Now that you have brought your new friend home, it’s time for the fun part and the hardest part- being a responsible guardian!

Feed them good quality foods

Feeding high quality food leads to a longer and healthier life for most dogs & cats. The best of the high quality or premium foods contains all the nutrition required for them. Good nutrition enhances animal’s quality of life, and is integral to optimal animal care. AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) provides a mechanism for developing and establishing nutrient profiles for cat and dog foods. Benevo & Ami pet foods are one of the brands that follows AAFCO guidelines.

Hydration is the key

A balanced diet is not the only necessary part of keeping animals healthy. Water for drinking is also a very important part of their daily requirements.  Water should be changed at least twice a day. Keep a couple of bowls in every room in order to encourage dogs and cats to drink water, especially if they consume dry foods. 

Exercise regularly

All animals need exercise — cats need to play, dogs need to run.

Because cats don’t run up to their owners with balls in their mouths, many people assume that they don’t want or need to be played with at all. On the contrary, cats need exercise and a lot of mental stimulation. Without it, they can get bored and develop behavior problems. Play with your cat as often as you can for about ten minutes at a time, perhaps while you’re talking on the phone or watching TV. You’ll both enjoy this fun, silly time together; and it will help create an inseparable bond between you and your feline friend.

Dogs can get bored from lack of variety in their lives. Imagine being able to see a park, alley, or vacant lot from your home but never getting the chance to explore it. Time together, especially active time, provides an opportunity for dog and guardian to interact and establish mutual communication and a strong bond of affection. Dogs on a walk also get to socialize with other dogs. This is especially beneficial for puppies, who learn the rules of canine social interaction from meeting older dogs.

Foods not fit for dogs & cats

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine- When you ask someone “What foods are toxic to dogs?” chocolate is often the first to come to mind. Chocolate toxicity can cause vomiting, diarrhea, heart arrhythmias and seizures, and can even be fatal. This is due to an ingredient in chocolate called theobromine and caffeine, two chemicals that our pets simply cannot handle. The darker the chocolate and the smaller the dog, the greater the danger. Consult your veterinarian if your dog eats any.

Onions and garlic– Onions and garlic can be lethal because of an ingredient called thiosulphate, which can damage your pet’s red blood cells and cause anemia. Thiosulphate is found in onions, shallots, chives and onion powder. It’s especially potent in garlic.

Alcohol– Under no circumstances should not give your dog and cat any alcohol. Alcohol is highly toxic to dogs and cats, causing issues with vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and trouble breathing. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Artificial Sweeteners You would be surprised how many products have xylitol. Xylitol is a common artificial sweetener found in countless candies and gums that causes subtle releases of insulin in many species. Cats and dogs suffering from insulin imbalance are vulnerable to liver failure. Avoid giving pets candy and remember to be cautious of discarded gum on the ground or other surfaces while out on walks.

Grapes & Raisins- Grapes and raisins can cause kidney issues in dogs and cats. Even small amounts can result in lethargy, shivers and a decreased appetite. Be extra cautious of foods that like to sneak in raisins, such as trail mix, granola, and baked goods.

Allergies

Allergies can happen to any animal at any point in their life. So keep an eye out for constant issues that affects their well being. Allergies can be of any type- environment allergies, allergies towards certain types of food, etc. Food allergies are easier to treat as hypoallergenic pet foods are available, but other allergies might require constant observation or a visit to a vet if required.

Love & affection

Love and affection is a must for every animal. Your furry kid is a member of your family. Train them with positive reinforcement, never with cruelty or abuse. Keep your furry kid and their environment clean. Give them plenty of hugs, kisses, gentle pats, and love. Be respectful of their space too, not all animals like being hug-squeezed! Most importantly, spend time with them because attention and love is what creates a bond between you your lovely constant companion.

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