1. Healthy and balanced diet
Like us, our pets can be passed sometimes. If you think your pet is at risk of becoming a puppy or a fat cat, Ursula Goetz, chief veterinarian at The Mayhew Animal Home in London, suggests eliminating unnecessary treats.
"A very common mistake is to reduce the diet of the dog, cat or rabbit immediately," he explains. "First of all, what the owners can do is eliminate any snacks or treats they are giving to pets before or after meals, making sure that the whole family is aware so that there are no secret treats."
If you want to offer your pet a timely treatment, there are healthy alternatives. "For dogs, especially in the summer, carrot sticks are very healthy, just like frozen ice cubes, they love to chew ice cubes and there are no calories in them," says Dr. Ursula.
"For cats, we recommend instead of a bowl of dry cat food, hide their food around the house, so cats entertain themselves looking for more exercise. For rabbits, vegetables are a great healthy gift."
2. Make fun an exercise for both
Anyone who has seen a dog react to those five letters, 'P-A-S-E-O', will know that they love to go out. But, if you are tired of going out the same streets every day, why not change?
You can take them to the dog gym (yes, they exist). They have started to appear recently. Lisa Jackson created her first canine gym in Worcester two years ago for overweight dogs, but has since discovered that it is also ideal for nervous puppies. "Now it's more about fun, stimulation and building trust," he tells us. The gym has a treadmill for dogs, wobble boards, jogging posts, jumps, stability balls and, at the request of customers, a swimming pool.
And if you want to keep track of your dog's progress, you can do it with a portable fitness monitor that records your dog's daily activity and keeps you updated through an application. Sales of pet fitness monitors are expected to increase significantly this year.
Unfortunately, it is not usual to put a collar on the cat and take it for a walk. But Dr. Ursula says that owners can increase their activity with interactive toys to help them exercise regularly. With any exercise chart, advise owners to "start small and take special care with older pets."
3. Plan ahead to reduce stress
Pets also get anxious. To avoid unnecessary stress, plan ahead.
When you go on vacation, think about where you will go with your pet, she also goes on vacation. You can ask a friend or family member to go home so they don't have to leave the security of their own home, or you can choose to take them to a residence.
There is a five-star residence in Cheshire, Garden Lodge Bunny, where the tired bunnies (or guinea pigs) can recharge batteries in one of the three executive suites, while their owners sunbathe.
4. Home hygiene
You have spent 2016 making your home more HyggeBut have you thought about their spaces? Like the Guisapet cat beds inspired by the 60s (photo) of Pets at Home, or perhaps for your dog a memory foam mattress to help them enjoy a cozy and relaxing sleep.
5. Give them a lot of love
Your pet needs a spa day too. Well, you don't have to give an aromatherapy massage if you don't want to, but regular grooming is important to keep your skin, hair, nails, teeth, ears and legs healthy.
There is a pet spa in Chelsea, for example, that helps dogs and cats to enjoy grooming from an early age with an extra gentle wash and lint service. They also offer pedicures, bubble baths and blueberry facials.
"We make it fun, we take our time and make sure there is nothing stressful for animals," explains preparer Ria Winstanley, who recommends a hairdressing session for curly-haired dogs every 4-6 weeks and "every few Months "long-haired dogs.
6. Monitor health
Observe any signs of illness such as weight loss, diarrhea, loss of appetite or tenderness.
Even if your pet is in good health, you should see the veterinarian for a checkup at least once a year. To make sure you are fully covered in case your pet needs to visit the veterinarian for an illness or injury, there are plans and insurance.
Via: Town & Country UK