Pets can be quite a stress buster after you come home from a long day of work, no questions asked. But did you realise that these fluffy darlings can be stressed out too? Of course, we’re not talking about the regular office stress or the tension of paying the EMIs on time. But pets, too, can have their share of stress! Wondering what could the reasons be? Well, here are a few points to help you take care of your pets better.

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Pets too need love and affection to maintain a healthy state of mind

Ensure you are well equipped to accommodate a pet

While having a pet can be a loving addition to your home, they may not necessarily be appropriate for your home. Ask yourself if you are capable of giving your pet the time, space and effort that they deserve. You need to understand that owning a pet is not all fun and games, and that you should be able to take up responsibility for them when the time comes.

Most pets would require attention during the day, so consider having someone at home while you’re away at work. If your lifestyle consists of a lot of moving around, we would suggest not getting a pet until you are well settled.

Choose your pet wisely

When choosing a pet, make sure to take your time and do thorough research on different breeds and animal types. Even dogs have many breeds and sub-breeds that have completely different needs. So take your time and keep an open mind to various options, as some may suit you better than others. The key point here is research. Do as much research as you can to understand what kind of a pet best suits your lifestyle. Each kind of pet has their own peculiar traits…

  • Dogs: Though dogs have so many different breeds, they all need lots of attention, space to roam and daily walks.
  • Hamsters, rabbits and small rodents: Easy on your pocket and needing lesser space than dogs, rodents are perfect pets for those dealing with tight spaces. They aren’t as cuddly though and they do tend to stink up the place.
  • Cats: Usually fine left on their own, they do need occasional TLC to keep them from taking revenge on the couch.
  • Fish: Fish need constant monitoring and just the right ambient conditions to survive. They aren’t too cuddly either, unless you don’t mind getting yourself wet.
  • Reptiles: Reptiles are usually low maintenance and easy to care of, though they seldom offer you a shoulder to cry on. However, when they do get sick it can be hard to diagnose.

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Visit the vet

Don’t take your pet’s health for granted and plan regular visits to the vet.  Don’t forget to take them for their very first visit soon after adopting them, as many ailments can be detected and cured early on. Always remember to ask your vet to schedule vaccinations if required. Also don’t hesitate to ask him about symptoms your pet may show for common illnesses. Spay/neuter your pet if you do not wish to have more “baby-pets” in the future. It’s also a good idea to have your vet’s number on speed dial in case of emergencies.

Give them the right nutrition

Feeding pets ‘human food’ may not be the best idea. Think about it, our digestive system works differently from them. You are probably doing them more harm by offering them food from your plate than you’d think. Yes, chocolate is toxic to dogs and can kill them if not treated quickly. Do your research or consult a vet to know the appropriate diet for your pet to keep them healthy and happy.

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Treat them with some TLC

Pets, like babies, need lots of tender love and care to maintain a healthy state of mind. Don’t adopt a pet if you can’t follow through and give it the time and care it deserves. If you’re the kind of person who is out at work all day, leaving your dog alone in the house can be very depressing and stressful for it. Make sure there is someone to care for your pets when you’re away, else consider not adopting pets in the first place.

Keep them clean and their enclosures clutter-free

Yes, pets can be messy and that’s where you come in, Papa Bear! You need to ensure you maintain good cleanliness standards for your pet. And in case you’re a spoilt brat who doesn’t wish to get your hands dirty, simply take your pet to one of the many pet grooming parlours opened around the city.  They may come at a premium, but they definitely do a great job. Many offer various packages including washing, shampooing, claw trimming and removing fleas! You can also purchase special vests to keep them warm during cold winters and raincoats to keep them dry in the monsoons.

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So what are you waiting for, animal lovers? Get out there and adopt the pet of your dreams; they’re probably waiting for you to come and carry them home!