FAQ About Pet Care
Before you choose to adopt a pet, it is essential that you are aware of the financial and personal responsibilities that come with being a pet owner. This includes taking care of your pet’s health and dietary needs as well as his or her emotional needs. You must have the ability to purchase food, take your pet outside for exercise, and visit the vet hospital in case of an emergency.
Did you know that the average annual cost of owning a dog is ,135? Nearly 30% of dog owners who did not visit a veterinary clinic said that they could not afford it. Before becoming a pet owner, learn how to effectively care for your animal.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Care
- What kind of food is healthiest for pets?
It is best to look for food brands that have been certified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Pet food companies with this certification are meeting recommended standards.
- How much food should I feed my pet?
Every pet is different, as is every pet food. The amount of food your pet needs depends on his or her lifestyle and metabolism. Puppies aged eight to 12 weeks need four meals a day; however, when your dog turns one year old, one meal a day is usually enough.
- What vaccinations does my pet need?
Puppies should be given the DALPP vaccine, which protects against hepatitis and other contagious diseases. Kittens should be given the FVRCP vaccine to guard against a number of potentially fatal contagious illnesses. Puppies and kittens should both be given the rabies vaccine at 4 months old. Other vaccinations will depend on where you live and your animal’s lifestyle.
- Should I brush my pet’s teeth?
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition found in adult dogs and cats. Poor dental hygiene can cause a number of other health issues for your pet, including heart and kidney disease. Regular teeth cleaning will help prevent the buildup of tartar, but if your pet does not easily cooperate with brushing, there are dental chews and special pet foods available to promote healthy teeth.
If you have additional questions about your pet’s health, visit your local veterinary clinic or animal hospital and talk to a specialist. You can also leave any helpful tips or questions in the comments section below.