Every year, we make promises to ourselves that we will do this and change that. But we seldom include our pets in our list.
Is there something about your pet in your list of “to do’s” in 2019?
May we suggest you include any or all of the following? Please write in your list:
1. I will avoid food or treats with food coloring and preservatives, and salt in it. I will look at the list of ingredients before I buy any treat or food for my pet.
Note: The first three items in the list of ingredients are the ones that have the most amount included in your pet’s food or treat.
2. I will try to give natural treats to my pets as often as I can, instead of processed treats.
Here are some suggestions:
a. Dogs love crunchy food. You can cut apple (no core and no skin), singkamas (given only during the hot months), carrots, and pears (no core and no skin). You can also give the stalk of celery to your dogs. You can give these veggies once a week.
b. You can steep cauliflower or broccoli (just the flower) in hot water, and depending on the size of your dog and the age (if they still have teeth), give to your dog either whole so they can bite it or in small pieces if your dog is very small. You alone can determine the size. Make sure your dog will not choke given the size you have decided on.
c. Prepare the rosemary meatball treat for dogs. The recipe was posted in this page two Sundays ago. Please search for it in Manila Standard online.
d. Cats love boiled or broiled fish with crushed or powdered malunggay leaves.
3. I will spend more quality time with my pet. I will hug my pet EVERY DAY. I will just lie down on the sofa or bed with my pet as often as I can.
4. I will walk my dog everyday. This is healthy for my dog and for me.
5. I will give my dogs a lot of time to roam freely in the house or garden, or I will bring him or her out for car rides and visits to other places.
6. I will make sure my dog or cat is vaccinated yearly for rabies and against illnesses. Remember, prevention is less costly than actual treatment. Aside from the fact that you do not want your pet to suffer or worse, die.
7. I will make sure I will have my dog or cat undergo the standard blood test to check her or his overall health.
8. For my senior pet, I will follow the vet’s advice to do a complete check-up every six months to ensure she or he is enjoying quality life.
9. I will be active in preventing diseases by providing anti-tick and flea preventives, heartworm prevention and I will deworm my dog or my cat every six months at most. I will discuss this with my vet.
10. I will provide the appropriate food for the age and physical health of my dog or cat by consulting my vet and a nutritionist for a dog or cat with special needs.
11. I will always watch out for any change in behavior or eating habits of my dog or cat. I will immediately bring my dog or cat to the vet when I notice blood in the urine and poop, when my dog or cat suddenly has no appetite or is weak, or starts to be aggressive, among others.
12. I will read more about how to take good care of my pet at different stages of his or her life.
13. If I have more love to give and a space for a rescued animal, I will visit the shelter or pound and adopt a dog or a cat. But I will bring the adopted pet to the clinic first to find out if he or she is healthy or needs medical help. I will bring him or her home once he is cleared of any illnesses. This is important as I do not want to bring any illness to my home which can affect my other pets.
Here’s claiming a blessings-filled New Year to all pet owners and their pets, and help for all animals in need in 2019. Blessed be!
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