Pet Wellness: Tips for Helping Your Pets Thrive
Pet Wellness: Tips for Helping Your Pets Thrive
We all love our furry children and want them to live their best life. In this article, we’ll discuss pet wellness, what it looks like, and how you can take action.
As you’ve noticed, the wellness industry has skyrocketed. Everyone wants to look and feel their best and self care certainly helps, but what about our pets?
The great news is that when we focus on our pet’s health, our own health tends to improve. People who walk their dogs exercise more often than those who don’t. Plus, pets help us feel less social anxiety. They actually help us interact with more humans.
This helps explain why pet owners report less loneliness, depression, and social isolation (Health.org). We owe our fur babies a hug for helping us live healthier lives.
We can repay the favor by making sure they are thriving. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to your pet’s wellness:
Healthy Pet Environments
Here’s a checklist of things to consider to make sure you pet is comfortable each day, whether it’s in your home or doggy daycare:
- Temperature. This depends on breed and coat type. In the summer, aim for anywhere from 70-74 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, anywhere from 69 to 72.
- Access to fresh water all day
- Quiet time for naps. Cats sleep an average of 12-16 hours per day. Dogs typically sleep 12-14 hours.
- Potty breaks. Your dog shouldn’t be home alone for more than 4-6 hours at a time. If you have a puppy, they can hold their bladder for 1 hour at 1 month old, 2 hours at 2 months old, and so forth. Please keep this in mind if you’re crate training.
- Clean home: Make sure your home is vacuumed weekly, dusted, and clear of clutter. This helps your pet stay healthy and keeps their stress levels down.
- Air quality: Your pet needs access to fresh air (free of pollution).
Yearly Pet Checkups
Vets recommend yearly checkups.Your pet will stay up-to-date on vaccines, it helps you notice problems early, and prevent problems from popping up.
Be sure to follow the vaccination routine that your vet recommends. If your pet goes to kennels, groomers, or daycare, you may need additional vaccines to keep them safe in group environments.
Attentive Pet Parenting
It’s important that we pay attention to the cues our fur babies are giving us. If you notice a change in their appearance, energy levels, sociability, coat appearance, appetite, bathroom usage, breathing, eye or nose discharge, something might be up.
In general, if you notice any sudden change, it should alert you to take your pet to the vet.
Healthy Noise Levels
Both cats and dogs are sensitive to noise. Loud noises can take a toll on your pet’s mental and physical health. Dogs in particular tend to behave more erratically when they’re overstimulated. Be sure to maintain a calm home environment and remember that dogs and cats can hear higher pitches than we can. Dogs can hear noises that are 4x farther away than humans can.
For cats, make sure that you’re engaging and playing with them at least 20 minutes every day. The rest of the day, they can play with a scratching post and toys. Make sure you have fun options for them so they have access to physical and mental stimulation as desired.
For dogs, aim for 30-60 minutes of activity every day. Taking your dog for a walk is good for their physical health, but also their mental health. They enjoy the smells, fresh air, and space to roam.
Pets are uniquely suited to be our companions. Certain breeds and sizes need more time with their human companions than others. Separation anxiety is especially common for dogs. Be sure to give your dog ample attention. Depending on your pet’s personality, they may enjoy interacting with other animals, too.
Be sure to feed your pet 2-3 times per day. A dog’s digestive tract is built to digest a large amount at once and then go several hours without eating. For specific guidelines, we recommend this resource on dog nutrition and this resource for cat nutrition. We also highly recommend this resource on pet nutrition. For specific recommendations, speak with your vet about your pet’s diet.
Dog daily caloric needs: 30 x weight in kg (or pounds divided by 2.2) + 70. We also recommend this dog feeding calculator.
Indoor cat daily caloric needs: 20 calories per pound to maintain weight
Outdoor cat daily caloric needs: 35 calories per pound to maintain weight
Your pet needs ample playtime and toys. You can sign up for a service like Bark Box to ensure your pet is receiving new toys each month.
Your pet loves fresh air. Dogs, in particular, don’t want to be indoors all day. But make sure your pet is safe from harsh temperatures and has access to water, etc.
By reading this checklist, hopefully you’ve identified where you can help your pet thrive. Maybe it’s taking your dog for longer walks, or buying your cat a scratching post. Whatever your next step is, we’re glad that you’ve taken this time to help your fur baby feel their best.
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