pet ownership can be incredibly rewarding. The companionship and love they offer make pets feel like part of the family. As with everything, with great reward comes great responsibility. With our busy lives and modern-day stresses, it can be easy to overlook or forget certain aspects of pet care. That is why having a trusted pet supply store is critical. Here are our top 3 things that pet owners often forget about, and how to fix them.
1. Pet insurance
Pet insurance can often be forgotten about until you need it, but it’s an essential pet care product for protection against sudden and unaffordable vet expenses should your pet get sick or injured. If you have more than one pet, you can usually get a good deal on multi pet insurance, offering a discount for insuring 2 or more pets on the same plan.
While some pets don’t require much maintenance in the way of grooming, such as short-hair cats who usually take care of their own grooming needs, some people can overlook the need for other pets to be regularly groomed.
Brushing: Any pet with long fur will need to be brushed regularly. Medium-haired or long-haired cats and rabbits, as well as dogs with medium to long fur, need daily brushing to prevent matting. Matted fur in dogs, cats and other pets can occur quickly and can be very painful for your pet.
Washing: If you have a dog or a long-haired cat, you’ll need to bathe your pet at least once a month. Use a shampoo specifically designed for your pet type (dog, cat, rabbit etc.) and bathe them to get rid of any excess dirt in their fur.
It’s especially important to ensure the shampoo you use is safe for your pet. There are chemicals or essential oils in human or dog shampoos that can be toxic to cats, and vice versa. So, always be sure to read the label carefully to make sure the shampoo you choose is the right one.
3. Dental care
Dental health in pets is commonly overlooked until it’s too late, but just as we need regular dental care, so do our pets.
Brushing: Get hold of a pet toothbrush and some pet toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth. Just like humans, the plaque can build up on their teeth and cause gum disease, infections and rotten teeth.
Frequent checks: Check your pet’s gums frequently for any sign of discolouration in their gums as this could indicate gum disease.
Dental visits: Keep on top of your pet’s yearly checkups as this will often include a dental exam to ensure the gums and teeth look healthy.