- Feed a diet that is 100 percent complete and balanced, so you don't need to supplement.
- The food should be appropriate for your pet's age and lifestyle.
- Use treats in moderation as a reward or just as a reminder to your pets every once in awhile that they are very special.
- Feed at least two times a day to keep your pet full and happy, or free feed if you know your pet can regulate appropriate intake on his or her own.
- Brush your pet's teeth, and watch for any abnormalities.
- Provide chew toys or treats to reduce plaque and tartar.
- Choose an appropriate no-slip collar for your dog and one that you can put tags on.
- Use a four- to six-foot leash for walking or running your dog.
- Consider a harness if necessary.
- Don't forget toys! A tired pet is a great pet!
- Purchase a cleaner with an enzyme to break down urine should your pet have an accident.
- Look for the right litter for your cat whether it is scooping, alternative or conventional.
- Keep the water bowl filled up unless you are potty training where a set schedule is preferred.
- Schedule annual veterinary checks for vaccinations and physicals.
- As you are petting your dog or cat, look for any bumps or growths and point those out to your veterinarian.
- Make sure your pet looks as nice on the outside as your pet feels on the inside with regular grooming and nail trims.
- Take your dog on daily walks, and offer stimulating indoor games for your cats.
- Provide ample activities inside the house to keep your pets mentally sharp.
- Look for a local dog park if your dog is well-mannered and likes to socialize with other dogs.
- Petting your pet is good for your health and calming for them.
- Set aside snuggle time every day to foster an even stronger bond with your pet.
- Seek the help of a professional if you encounter any issues with inappropriate elimination, barking, chewing, clawing, etc.
- Consider basic obedience classes for your puppy or dog to socialize him or her and teach commands like sit, stay, come and lie down.
- If you have a high-energy dog, then look into canine sports like diving dog, agility or flying disc to channel your dog's energy into a positive activity.
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