The Advice Everyone Should Read BEFORE Becoming a Pet Owner

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The Advice Everyone Should Read BEFORE Becoming a Pet Owner

Bringing a new pet into your family is a big decision and one that should be premeditated. While most people make great pet owners regardless of their experience with pets, there are a few helpful tips that even the most seasoned pet owners can sometimes overlook.

We see a lot of issues with new pets that can be avoided. That’s why we wanted to share the top three mistakes Oroville pet owners make, why they are considered a no-no and how local pet owners can avoid or fix them.

Mistake 1: Neglecting obedience or puppy classes.

Training a puppy takes a lot of patience, and sometimes you need to have an understanding of your pet’s personality and how they will learn best! A professional trainer can identify your pet’s traits and bad habits and know the best tactics to obtaining the desired behaviors.

While your pet is still young, under 12 weeks old, or still new to your household if it’s an older pet, you should see professional trainers in the area and receive information regarding training choices. The Butte Oroville staff can help point you in the right direction.

Mistake 2: Seeking veterinary care only in emergencies.

By nature, animals feel the need to hide illnesses and disease symptoms as other animals see it as a sign of weakness. If you only take pets to the vet when they are displaying signs of sickness or discomfort, the issue may already be more serious or difficult to treat than if it was caught early on. If you schedule annual exams and take preventative measures, care is more cost effective and these habits could add years to your pet’s life.

Mistake 3: Not encouraging healthy habits.

Dogs and cats rely heavily on the shape of their bodies and their teeth as factors in overall health. If you neglect dental hygiene, you increase the chances of your pet developing dental diseases that may cause pain and infected teeth. Should you not exercise your pet enough, you are asking for a surplus of pent-up energy and obesity. We recommend starting positive habits early, such as at-home brushing, consistent dental exams and cleanings and frequent walks, runs and play.

When you have a healthy and happy pet, you are able to strengthen and enjoy your special bond for years to come. Should you implement some of these tips into your routine, we are confident that you will have a lifetime of thriving pets!

No matter how much you prepare, emergencies can happen. And we are here for you when they do! If you run into any problems, need medical care or want us to share some more tips about pet ownership, please give our office a call.

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2014