How to become a marvellous pet parent

Adopt a country or pariah dog as your pet. They are more disease-resistant and easy to manage.

l Puppies have to be periodically dewormed and fed a balanced diet to refrain them from eating rubbish.

l Obedience training is essential to have a good, life-long relationship with your pup. Start early when s/he is 3-4 months old.
l Any new food for the pet must be introduced gradually, in small quantities.

l Dog’s dental health can be maintained through regular brushing and dental treats.

l Walking the pet on rough surfaces will trim his nails automatically.

l While bathing a dog, take care to avoid water around the ears.

l When your pet is left alone in the house, play soft music or your recorded voice to keep him calm.

l To administer tablets to dogs, powder and mix with their favourite treat.

l Before travelling with your pet, put her/him on a light meal. Take your vet’s advice.

l Micro-chipping your dog will help in easy identification.

l When two dogs are fighting, do not try to separate them manually. Throw a bucket of water on them.

l Control of external parasites on your pet is essential to avoid anaemia and life-threatening diseases.

l Maintain a proper bodyweight of your pet as obesity leads to diabetes, arthritis and cancer.

l Dogs living in farms are prone to snake bites. So, it’s always better to take precaution by stocking Polyvalent Antisnake Venom in advance.

l Avoid spraying your garden with toxic insecticides.

Your pet may get accidentally poisoned. Use safer, eco-friendly insecticides.

l In case your pet bites you, wash the site of the bite with soap and running water. Apply an antiseptic. Do not bandage. Consult your vet.;

Are you a proud pet parent? Have a cute cat story to share? Maybe your guinea pig is giving you trouble? Whatever is your creature companion, we are here to listen to you. Send your photos, queries and stories to [email protected]

(Dr CS Arun is a veterinary practitioner)


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