It takes lots of love, time and money to care for your pet in its entire lifetime. You need to set aside time to feed, bathe, groom, train, exercise, and playing with your pets. Money is also needed for cages, feed bowls, food, accessories, veterinary bills and training. These costs may add up to a substantial amount in the long run.
Once you have gotten your new pet, be sure to bring your pet to a veterinarian for an initial health check. The veterinarian will be able to advise you on the vaccinations and the necessary treatments your pet needs. The veterinarian can also help you with questions on appropriate diet, care, housing, toilet-training exercise etc. for your pet. You are also encouraged to bring your pet for a check-up annually to ensure that your pet is in the pink of health.
Vaccinations are important to protect your pets from common contagious diseases, such as canine distemper and canine parvovirus in dogs and feline panleukopenia virus in cats, which can be easily preventable.
Occasionally, pets can fall sick and may require medical attention. If you suspect your pet is unwell, monitor its behaviour and appearance. Symptoms could be:
- No/poor appetite
- Sudden weight gain or weight loss
- Shortness of breath, inactivity or lethargy
- Difficulty defecating or urinating
- Reluctance to stand or move
- Excessive scratching or shaking of the head
- Moist, red skin, unusual growths
- Abnormal, strong body odour
- Severe thinning of coat
Pets may need an operation if they have a condition that requires it, example infected womb, broken bone, tumor growths, hip dislocation, or when they undergo routine procedures such as sterilisation.