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Anyone who has ever owned a pet will say the same, but a pet is more than those three letters; they’re another living being, they’re a furry friend, and they are unquestionably a part of the family. Like any other friend or family member, you wish them a long, healthy life full of happiness and love. More than that though, taking care of them is a huge part of helping them live the life you know they deserve. To keep them happy and healthy starts with the little things like feeding them and making sure they get enough exercise, but it is also grooming, cuddling, hemp-based CBD products, spoiling them, and the number of other ways that set you apart as a premium pet owner.
Always provide clean, fresh water.
The most basic necessity for any living thing is: H2O. Always be sure that your pet—be it a dog, cat, hamster, lizard, or whatever it is—has a bowl or bottle of clean water. Of course, there will be times when you’re not home for extended periods of time (we all have to work to buy our pets toys, right?), but you should make it a habit of replenishing their water with a fresh supply as soon as you get back. Not only will they be happy to see you, but they’ll surely appreciate the change of water, as many pets tend to only drink their water to a certain point. After that, it just sits there and collects dust. Providing clean, fresh water at least once a day—if not two times or more—is the most pivotal first step in ensuring you have a happy, healthy pet.
Be mindful of separation anxiety.
While some pets understand when their owners leave for work on a daily basis, no two animals are the same. Some will grow increasingly anxious as the hours apart go by, and this form of anxiety is a consistently difficult problem to treat in pets. One tried-and-true method of reducing their anxiety is to leave them an article of your clothing so that they don’t feel too lonely during time spent at away. There have also been significant strides in the medical field proving the benefits of CBD oil for pets can be used to relieve separation anxiety. Just... don’t forget their water before you leave.
Feed your pet a well-balanced diet.
In addition to providing fresh water throughout the day, it is important to feed your pet a healthy diet as well. This does vary between different animals, naturally, but the basics remain relatively similar:
- Create—and stick—to a feeding schedule.
- Give your pet the proper amount of food, as to not let your pet overeat.
- Try to keep treats to a minimum.
From there, it is up to you to understand the kind of diet your furry friend needs to live a healthy life.
Make sure your pet gets enough exercise.
You’ve set the foundation in providing food, water, and maybe even a CBD treatment on those anxious mornings before you’re out the door; but beyond that, it is imperative that your pet gets enough exercise every day. For dogs, this might be taking them for a walk or playing fetch with them. For cats, this might be letting them outdoors to run around or setting up a corner of your household where they can play around in. For hamsters, this means giving them a wheel to run on. For lizards… okay, you get the point. Whatever your pet is, make sure they get enough exercise to stay healthy—and happy!
Animals need good hygiene, too.
A good grooming every now and then will not only lead to a healthy pet, but it may also lead to a happy pet! Like anything else, this varies depending on the kind of animal (most cats don’t enjoy baths), but some pets absolutely love it! It doesn’t even need to be as extravagant as bringing them to a pet spa. If you can bring your pet outside, then they’ll love running around the yard while you try to spray them lightly with a hose. I’ve even seen dogs purposefully stand over the sprinkler, watching the shampoo run off of them while they hadn’t a care in the world.
Instill other healthy habits.
Grooming is a good start, but you don’t need to stop there when instilling other habits to keep your pet healthy. You’ve gotten rid of the smell of their fur permeating throughout the house, but what about your dog or cat’s bad breath? The ASPCA recommends checking your furry friend’s teeth once a week; not only to get rid of the smell for your sake, but also to prevent future tooth decay and possible infections that could affect your pet in ways you can’t see—or smell.
A healthy pet is a happy pet!
Get your pet fixed.
This common practice is more important to the overall well-being of your companion than most owners realize. Although they will be quite unhappy with you after this particular vet visit, spaying or neutering a pet can also help lower the risk of breast and testicular cancer in your pets, respectively, among other diseases and infections.
If your furry friend seems off, do not ignore it.
Even if your pet is fixed and has all of its vaccines, your pet can still seem a bit off every once in awhile. The worst thing you can do in this situation is ignore it. This could be as severe as an underlying infection, or it could be something as easy to treat as pain or inflammation. In the latter case, TerraGold Plus Paws has your pet covered. As well as pain, inflammation, and separation anxiety, TerraGold Plus Paws helps relieve joint issues, nausea, seizures, and much, much more. If you’re new to CBD, just make sure you follow their CBD dosing guide for pets.
Show some love and affection!
At the end of the day—after their water bowl is filled, their coat is clean, and they’ve had the proper dosage of CBD to relieve any anxiety they may have—one of the best things you can do to keep your pet happy and healthy is simply show them you love them! Our pets are a part of the family, so spoil them a bit with a treat or let them into your bed for some cuddles.
The bond between you and your furry friend will only grow stronger as a result, guaranteed.