From lower blood pressure, to more love and companionship, it’s been proven that people benefit from having pets in their lives. For all that pets do for their owners, it’s important to provide them with the care they deserve.
Below is a basic pet care calendar that outlines a pet’s daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly needs:
- Provide healthy food and clean water: This one is obvious, but your pet needs access to high-quality pet food and clean water every single day.
- Spend quality time together: No matter how busy life gets, it’s important to take some time out of every day to spend with your pet. Whether it’s hiking together, playing a game of fetch, or just lounging on the couch, make sure your pet feels loved.
- Encourage exercise: Dogs and cats need activity to stay healthy and happy. For dogs, daily walks are a great idea. For cats, try an interactive toy.
- Continue training: Animals need consistency. In order for sit, stay and other commands to stick, you need to use them every single day.
- Keep an eye out for health issues or changes in behavior: Potential health problems need to be addressed by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Brush your pet’s teeth: Dental health is important to your pet’s overall well-being. Get in the habit of brushing your pet’s teeth at least once a week.
- Groom your pet: Not every pet needs a weekly bath, but be sure to brush your pet regularly and keep up with nail trimming. Grooming is also an excellent time to check for fleas and take note of any other potential health issues.
- Provide parasite prevention: Monthly flea and tick medication and heartworm prevention is a must! Speak to a vet about the best form of parasite prevention for your pet.
- Visit the vet! Yearly checkups ensure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and any illnesses are caught early on. Annual appointments are also a great time to discuss any questions you may have. Older animals or pets with certain health conditions may need to see a vet more often.