According to APPA, 62% of American households have pets. And with this in mind, pet owners must also be able to understand the risks, responsibilities, and benefits of owning a dog, cat, or any kind of pets as these animals need specialized kind of care to maintain optimal wellness of their beloved buddies.
Read more as we are going to discuss why pet health is also important for your family’s health.
Understanding Begins By Knowing Your Pet’s Tendencies
Before adopting a pet, every homeowner must first recognize the role of these animals in your home and your family. Are you going to adopt a pet to have a companion or are you just planning to have them guard your house? Or perhaps, are you looking to have a pet to accompany you to your morning run? These are just some of the reasons that need to assess in order to choose the right kind of pet that can fulfill the kind of things you want them to do.
Proper Training Is Necessary For Pet Wellness
You must train your pet properly in order to ensure your family’s health is secured. And the reason for this is that animal bites are the biggest health threat, especially to children. If not properly trained, there’s a tendency that your pet will act based on their animal instinct (and one of them is biting). So it’s important to manage the animal’s behavior and reinforce actions that are acceptable when playing with you or your kids to prevent them from biting
In the same way, you also have to teach your kids to show a level of mutual respect to your pets by not harming them physically or teasing them so they won’t be provoked to bite due to self-defense.
In addition, be sensitive when your pet is “not in the mood” to play. Just like us humans, pets also have their bad days. So don’t force your pet cat to play with you if they don’t feel like it as they will only scratch you and possibly spread Bartonellosis (cat scratch disease) which can cause headaches, fatigue, and fever.
Make It A Habit To Clean Up Their Mess
Optimal pet health can also be achieved by keeping their litter boxes clean because a dirty litter or a pile of poop that’s not been immediately cleaned is an invitation for diseases. And if often ignored, it will only lead to sickness as children below the age of 5 years are likely to put their finger to their mouth after touching an area that is contaminated by animal waste.
Even worse, humans are also at risk of being exposed to salmonella and E.coli when animal poop is not instantly cleaned.
Without a doubt, proper feeding is part of your pet’s wellness. So feed them regularly and avoid giving them foods that can possibly upset their stomach.
Keep Their Medical Records Updated
And finally, having a regular visit to the vet is also essential for overall pet health and wellness. Specifically, having them dewormed and go through a series of vaccinations will help ensure that they are free from parasites and won’t be spreading any diseases to your household.