Make sure you know what you should give to your pet.
Your pet needs a balanced diet. In our context, home cooked food with some quality dog food is an ideal way to make sure that your pet gets the required nutrients. Occasionally cottage cheese (paneer), tofu and curd is also good choice during summer.
When you cook food make sure you also mix some carrots and beans. Try to avoid red meat. Whenever you select dog food check its moisture. If it looks very dry, do not use it. Good pet food has somewhat oily nature.
Always use a pinch of salt and half teaspoon of oil while cooking food. In Kathmandu many skin conditions are related to not adding oil and salt to your pet’s diet. Stuff that can be fed – rice, chapatti, chicken, carrots, beans, tofu, paneer, milk, channa, oil, salt. Things to be avoided include spices, onion, garlic, nuts, dark chocolate, artificial sweeteners, avocado, grapes and raisins.
Discard leftovers on your pet’s plate after an hour to avoid gut upset that your pet may suffer from having stale food.
Make sure your dog does not smell.
Formulate a bathing schedule depending on whether your pet is indoors or outdoors. For instance if you have an indoor pet, bathe it once in 15 days in summer and once a month in winter. However, sebum production is the major factor determining the interval between each bath. So there is no universal bathing schedule.
Bathe your dog with soap or shampoo with moisturising properties. It should have the soothing effects of glycerine or oatmeal like constituents.
Never bathe your pet with medicated bars unless your dog has skin problems or it has been prescribed by your vet.
A thorough rinsing is a must because deposits of soap or shampoo may lead to skin problems.
If your pet has skin problems always request your Vet to make a diagnosis, otherwise the wrong soap or shampoo may worsen the condition.
Make sure you know what is prescribed to your pet.
Your vet may prescribe medicines in case of illness. You must know the purpose of the prescribed drugs and use according to the vet’s direction.
Supplements are NOT always good. Hence never use any supplement like calcium and multivitamins without asking you vet. Always remember all medicines are poison unless you use them properly.
Make sure you know the proper exercise for your pet.
Your pet can play with toys. This saves them from boredom and helps them remain psychologically healthy.
Spend at least 30 minutes from your busy schedule interacting with your pet. If you have time you can take your pet for a walk. It makes them social and friendly.
Please don’t practice exhausting activities with your pet in the name of exercise. Know the difference.