Animal care is a big responsibility no matter what kind of pet a person has. Dogs, cats, birds, lizards and other kinds of animal care requires careful research and consideration before a person should commit to taking on a responsibility that impacts a pet. Two of the most common pets that require a good deal of specialized animal care are cats and dogs. Whether a person decides to add a cat or a dog to his or her family, they should do some thorough research on the kind of animal care that will be required.
If a family decides to get a puppy, the first step in animal care will be to remove anything that would normally be considered dangerous to have with a young child in the home. Remove plants, electrical cords, cleaners and other items that could be unsafe to have with a puppy. Next, animal care simply isn’t complete without the help and support of a veterinarian. Choose a vet recommended by friends or family with a reputation of provided exceptional animal care.
Puppies and dogs do not come with instructions, so signing up for an obedience or training class might be a good idea to make animal care less stressful at home. When a dog is well behaved, it is easier to provide consistent care without additional frustration. If a training class simply doesn’t work for a pet and its family, a good book on animal care and training can offer a number of suggestions and ideas to implement into everyday life to get desired behavioral results. Other animal care items that will be needed when taking on a new dog or puppy will include a crate, leash, collar, food dishes and an assortment of toys.
Animal care for a cat is different than the care required for dogs or other kinds of pets. For proper animal care, make sure a cat has clean litter in its litter box, food, water, a scratching post and maybe even a few cat toys or catnip. A cat requires veterinary attention for heath and maintenance. Again, choose a veterinarian that is reputed to provide excellent animal care.