3 Ways to Become a Proactive Pet Parent During the Pandemic
As the pandemic continues to disrupt our lives, many of us have turned to pets for companionship. According to CNBC, 33% of Americans have considered fostering or adopting a new pet during the pandemic.
Becoming a pet parent is an exciting time in our lives, but it also comes with great responsibilities. And it can be frightening, especially for first-time pet owners. But don't worry. We are here to help. Here are 3 tips to proactively keep your furry friend healthy at home.
1. Pet-Proof Your Home
Before welcoming your furry friend, it is crucial to pet-proof your home to avoid any accidents. The primary sources of potential hazards for pets include foods, plants, medication, and household items.
Avoid giving human food to your pet
While it's tempting to offer food and snacks to our pets, especially when they stare at you with those soulful eyes, certain human foods are extremely dangerous to them. For example, chocolate can cause upset stomach, seizure, or even death in cats and dogs. Grapes and raisins have been associated with kidney failure in dogs. And onion and garlic could potentially cause red blood cell damage in both cats and dogs. Here is a list of human food that pet owners must avoid feeding our pets. To be safe, pets should only be offered treats specifically made for them.
Watch out for that beautiful plant at home
Another critical aspect of pet-proofing your home is plants. Some pet parents are not aware of the severe health problems caused by those beautiful plants you have at home. Here is a comprehensive list of toxic and non-toxic plants for pets. Plants should be kept out-of-reach for pets. Keep in mind that cats can reach challenging spots in your home.
Double-check if loose items are securely stored
Our furry friends are full of curiosity. Misplacing medication and household items may result in serious accidents. We put together a few helpful tips to keep your pet safe at home:
Use childproof latches to keep little paws from prying open cabinets
Place medications, cleaners, chemicals, and laundry supplies on high shelves
Keep trash cans covered or inside a latched cabinet
Keep the toilet lid closed to prevent drowning or drinking of harmful cleaning chemicals
Place dangling wires out of reach
Keep laundry and shoes behind closed doors
Keep any medications, lotions, or cosmetics off accessible surfaces
Look out for paws, noses, and tails when you shut doors behind you or scoot chairs
2. Pet's Dental Hygiene Is Just As Important
While it might seem ridiculous to brush your pet's teeth, investing time and effort in regular dental hygiene improvement can effectively prevent gum disease, cavities and abscesses that are all common in both cats and dogs. Vets recommend checking pet’s teeth at least once a year for early signs of dental problems. If you observe the following symptoms, have your pet checked as soon as possible:
Broken or loose teeth
Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
Pain in or around the mouth
Bleeding from the mouth
Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
3. Say YES To Preventive Care
You might be thinking why I should have my pet checked when they appear healthy. Just because your pet is not visibly ill does not mean he/she is not developing symptoms of severe health issues.
Parasite prevention is one of the most essential aspects of pet’s preventative care. The harm of parasites can range from minor irritation to extreme health conditions, including death. Some parasites cause zoonotic infections, which means they can be transferred from pets to people.
Luckily, at Petventive Care, we provide diagnostic tests that allow you to proactively monitor your pet's health from the comfort of your home. Our vet-approved test kit is a fast, affordable way to test your pet for common health concerns (Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm, Coccidia, Giardia, and Microbes) without the trip to the vet, giving you complete control over testing your pet. Find out how and when to use the test and pick the right one for your furry friend!