Date: September 29, 2015
Here at Alaqua Animal Refuge, we aren’t just passionate about helping the animals at our facility to find loving homes – we are also dedicated to making sure that pet owners know what it means to keep their pet healthy and happy. One of the biggest aspects of this is love, but when it comes to your pet’s health and happiness, that love can come in many different forms. Let’s talk about some of the ways that you can love your pet and give them the healthy and happy lifestyle that they deserve.
10 Ways to Love Your Pet
- Give your pet the exercise that they need and deserve.
Almost all pets require a certain level of exercise in order to remain healthy and exercise is a big part of your pet’s mental and emotional state. Daily walks are especially important for dogs.
- Don’t forget about annual vet check-ups.
An important part of loving your pet is taking them for their annual visit to the veterinarian. Our pets can’t tell us when something is wrong, so it is important to keep a regular check on their health.
- Take them for rides in the car.
Well, uh, only if they will fit in the car – what I really mean is to take the time to discover the activities that your pet truly loves and set aside the time each week to let them do what they love.
- Keep them on a healthy diet.
Pay attention to what you are feeding your pet – low quality food can be detrimental to your pet’s health. It’s worth the extra few bucks to add years to your pet’s life.
- Have your pet microchipped.
We are contacted far too often by owners who have lost their pet. Microchipping is a necessary precaution that reunites pets with their owners every day.
- Keep your pet well-groomed.
Now, if you have a cat then lucky you! Make sure your pet gets regular baths along with any other upkeep necessary.
- Socialize your pet.
This one mainly applies to dogs – trips to the Dog Park or playdates with the neighbor’s dog are good ways to keep your dog happy and socialized.
- Spend quality time with your pet.
Having a pet comes with a lot of responsibility, but one of the most important things is just making time for your pet, whether cuddled on the couch watching a movie or trips to the pet store to pick out their favorite treat.
- Spay or neuter your pet.
This is an important responsibility for dog or cat owners. We don’t allow any dogs or cats to leave our facility without being spayed or neutered, due to the animal overpopulation problem across the nation.
- Love your pet the way that only YOU can.
As their owner, you know your pet better than anyone else. Take the time to get to know your pet so that you can provide them with the kind of love that they deserve – that is what each animal at our facility longs for, an owner who can teach them what love really feels like.