New Year Resolutions for Pet Parents
Phew! That was quite a year. While we are certainly glad to put 2020 behind us, we can’t do it without turning gratefully to our furry friends who stood by our side and made this bleak of a year infinitely better! And now the baton is yours to pick because there are countless things we do that indirectly harm our friends. And there are countless other essential pet requirements we pay no attention to which our pets would be better off with.
Here are a few resolutions to take up as a pet parent to make 2021 pawsome for you and your pet!
Don’t hug your dog
Surprised? Understandable. But the data is in and dogs hate being hugged. The problem is most people commit the grave sin of humanising their dogs. As dog behaviourist Cesar Milan says, “Considering your dogs to be your children and humanizing them is actually the worst thing you can ever do for them.” What then is the best thing we can do for them? Cesar says,
“The best thing we can do for our canine companions is to honor their instincts by being calm, assertive Pack Leaders, establishing rules, boundaries, and limitations, and giving them exercise, discipline, and affection — in that order.
Stay calm, and let your dogs be dogs.”
Hugs are essential for humans. They reduce our stress and make us feel safe and loved. But social cues are markedly different for dogs and humans. Dogs are cursorial animals meaning their bodies are designed for fast running. When we hug a dog, we are robbing them out of this action which automatically increases their stress and anxiety levels. If the stress becomes intense, the dog may even bite.
Give your pet daily exercise
Though common knowledge for all pet parents, owing to their busy schedules most skip on this incredibly important activity. A well exercised dog is a happy dog. Exercise boosts your pet’s health, immunity and assists in reducing behavioural problems. If the exercise schedule you have planned out for your dog is just a good walk every day, it still counts. And when you are walking your dog make sure, he or she is on a relaxed leash. The leash should also be durable, weatherproof, safe and secure.
We have a range of premium leashes at our store. Be sure to check it out.
Microchip your dog
Life can happen and we might come into situations where our pets are missing. Most pets that go missing are rarely found. They end up in shelters and from where if not adopted, they get put down. To avoid such a drastic scenario, you need to increase the chances of finding your pet. The most efficient way to do this is to ensure that your pet is microchipped.
The little chip will be inserted under the animal’s skin by a veterinarian using a needle. This chip has a unique number which can be read by a scanner.
Improve their diet
After a few years into parenting, most fall into a routine and take no notice of their pet’s diets. There are a lot of dog food whose top ingredients listed are corn gluten meal, soybean meal and wheat. This is mostly grains and provides your dog with little to no nutrition. Do a thorough research about the current pet food you are giving your dog and if you find that it is not good enough, go for a new one. Fortunately, the pet industry is witnessing a rush of ethical, nutritious and high end brands. You can check out the options we offer!
Be a smart saver
Pet supplies are, needless to say, expensive. And pet parents will often find themselves running out of pet supplies frequently. You don’t have to pay through nose trying to get the best for your pet. There is a way to have your cake and eat it too- BOXES!
They are unique, convenient and smart. In a subscription box, the items you receive are chosen specially for your pet. This is a godsend for pet parents who are overwhelmed by the million choices out there.
Especially during unsafe times like now when stepping out carries a lot of risk, having items delivered at your doorstep every month is a boon!
When it comes to subscription boxes, you often get items at a rate way cheaper than if you were to buy them separately.
Check out Felica’s boxes. Our items are handpicked by experts after getting the necessary information furnished by you about your dog. We factor in unique issues faced by your pet and after consulting with our onboard vet, we curate a box customized for your dog! Click here to know more.
Schedule Booster Vaccines
While most parents are thorough with the primary vaccinations for their puppy, rarely do parents take their adult dog to the vet for boosters! Not all vaccines require boosters. Vaccines requiring boosters include those for distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo and para influenza.
As always, consult with your vet and see to it that your dog is armed to fight against any virus that comes their way!
Learn Pet First- Aid
Life is full of uncertainties and we need to be prepared to help those dependent on us and that includes our pets. Have a first-aid kit especially for your dog and learn the basics such as tending to an injury. We have another article all about helping your pets during emergencies.
Our dogs have been absolute sweethearts all these years, haven’t they? And if you are a new pet parent, we guarantee you that you have a beautiful journey ahead of you!
"Happy New Year to you and your uber-cool pawpstar of a pupper!"