Make a happier life for your pet while simplifying yours with these easy hacks for pet parents. Your furry friend is every bit a part of your family, so treat him like one.
Vaccinations and Medications
Like your yearly physical, your pet needs to be checked annually and have vaccinations. Did you know that not all vaccinations and medications need to be administered by a veterinarian? You can purchase them either in-store or online.
- Buy cat vaccines online from Vet Products Direct. Offering much, more more than just cat medications, there are also vaccinations available for dogs, horses and birds.
- Rabies vaccinations must be administered by a veterinarian. This is for government reasons and for ensuring your pet is properly licensed through your state.
- Note that hypodermic needles cannot be thrown away in the regular garbage can. They must be disposed of in a hazardous waste container. These can often be found at pharmacies but if you don’t find one, ask your pharmacist.
- Be aware of the risks of at-home vaccinating. It’s rare, but sometimes animals can have adverse reactionsto medications that can be life-threatening.
Don’t think that it’s cruel to put your dog in a kennel during the day; as denning animals by nature, dogs feel the safest when they have a confined space to relax in. Crate train your dog when he is a puppy so that he feels comfortable in it as an adult.
- Never, ever use the crate for disciplinary purposes. This will teach your dog to fear it and he will resist going inside. Even if you think it’s for a simple ten-minute “time out,” your dog will not understand the difference.
- Your dog’s crate should be his safe spot. Leave his kennel door be open at all times in case he feels like escaping. Encourage family members to leave him alone during these times; you need solitude from time to time and so does your dog.
- If you need to go on a trip and Rover is coming with you, his crate is a great solution for car rides. Already a place that he feels comfortable, the trip won’t be as scary for him if he’s inside of a familiar place.
Is pet hair a problem in your house? Do mini tumbleweeds blow past you as you walk down your hallway? You’re not alone. Shedding is a natural part of owning a pet, but it can be frustrating to see it all over your home. Some tips for easily cleaning it include:
- Using a squeegee on your carpet. It will collect pet hair in clumps.
- The same principle applies with a pair of rubber kitchen gloves. Sweep your gloved hands over fabric areas like carpet and furniture. You will be amazed at how much hair you find.
- Cats and dogs with undercoats will grow longer hair in the winter and shorter hair in the summer, so stay ahead of these changes by regularly having your pet groomed. Animals with longer hair should be brushed and have haircuts to keep them looking and feeling healthy, but also to keep your house clean!
Animals don’t know the difference between an expensive store-bought toy and one you made from scratch.
- Tear an old T-shirt into strips, braid it, and knot it tightly several times on each side and down the middle. It acts as a rope toy for dogs and a teaser toy for cats.
- Place toys and treats inside of an empty cereal box and tape it shut. Your pet will enjoy the challenge of destroying the box to get their treats out.
- Knot an old sock with a tennis ball or catnip inside of it. Toss it to your pal and watch the shenanigans ensue.
A few simple hacks will help keep your pet happy and healthy. They will also save your sanity and keep your home cleaner!