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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 | Chandrakant Yadav


Availability of online vets easing ways to groom pets

Pets need love, care, and attention more than you think. People often think that pets need little attention and are easy to manage. The furry creatures are seen as fun-loving companions to spend time with.

However, when you buy or adopt a pet, it is a lifetime commitment, and you are responsible for the health and well-being of your furry family member. Right from providing good quality food to regular vet visits and grooming, pets need constant attention.

During the pandemic, pets were ignored, as well as abandoned, due to the fear and rumours of them being possible carriers of the virus. This was followed by another phase that witnessed a spike in buying or adoption of pets as millions across the globe got an opportunity to work from home. Here are a few things people often tend to ignore while taking care of their pets.

Pets have a shorter lifespan than humans. They need regular checkups with vaccinations as and when required. As a pet owner, you should take care of your pets in the same way that you would take care of any other family member. While regular visits to veterinary clinics may be tiresome, these days online vet care is thriving to save pet parents from hassles. Also, during the pandemic, many people skipped going to pet salons or pet clinics for fear of getting the infection. This affected the health of a lot of pets as they suffered from poor skin and dental health. Nowadays, you can easily book online pet consultations and request a vet for a home visit through online pet care and grooming services.

Maintaining a proper diet and meeting adequate nutritional needs are essential for good pet health. Younger pets have different food requirements as compared to fully grown ones. The food that we eat may contain salt, garlic, onions, and other ingredients which may be harmful to some pets. You need to do careful research or get in touch with an expert to know the right food plan for your pet. Pets need the right amount of food too. Too much or too little can be harmful, just like the wrong food. Overeating can lead to heart issues, renal problems, and obesity among pets. Get in touch with your vet to know the right amount and the right food.

Engaging your pet in activities and games may not only promote physical and mental health but also entertain them. People who ignore their pets due to work pressure or other issues often find their shoes, clothes or wired appliances harmed as a bored pet may engage in such behaviour. It is boredom that leads them to play with the garbage and tear up the couch. Expand their horizons! Let them step outside and play with a ball in the park and socialize with your friends and neighbours. This will keep them active and get to know new people. Try to tire out your pet, especially dogs. This will keep them calm.

Matted fur is painful for dogs, which can happen when a pet’s coat isn’t properly groomed. The right brush or an online pet groomer may be useful. Dogs and cats are mostly not friendly with bathing, tick removal, brushing, or nail trims.

Pet parents must ensure 24X7 access to fresh drinking water for their pets, arrange for a safe and cozy shelter, and take care of their bathroom needs regularly.

(The author is Chief Marketing Officer, ThePetNest)

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