We love the bond between owners and their pets, and we know that a pet owner’s primary concern is the health and well-being of their furry friends.
We interviewed Ray Retson, a pet owner just like you and I, to find out what he believes are the most important things to consider in keeping your companion at their healthiest.
Ray, tell us about your pets and how long have you been a pet owner?
I always had a pet when I was younger and even later in my teenage years. I think it helped that my family was always very animal orientated. At the moment we have a dog called Daisy, a cat called Emma and a few fish. My partner has also always had pets, including a horse and a duck. So you could say we’re very used to it.
When you first got Daisy and Emma, did you know how to look after and manage their health?
Because I grew up with pets I have been used to the responsibility. That’s one of the reasons we decided to introduce them to our family so that our children could gain a similar education, understand what to do and let them take on some of the responsibility. It’s great for the kids to learn and pick up new tips and skills. I must admit that we do the majority of the walking but we’ve given them various health related tasks throughout the week. For example my youngest, Fraser, has to feed the fish and tend to Daisy at certain times. It’s great for all the family to play an active part and learn little life skills.
What do you do to look after and manage your pet’s health?
Daisy has to have her teeth brushed regularly because of a stomach problem she has. Because of this she can only eat hypoallergenic food. Most of it’s dry, like biscuits and that’s not always good for her teeth because it sticks in them. To combat the problem we have a finger toothbrush which is basically a rubber cap with nobbles on and we brush her teeth several times a week. I do know people who do it far more often than that as well.
The important thing to remember is that all animals are different. In our experience cats are slightly easier because they’re generally self-maintained and heal a lot quicker. Dogs on the other hand are madder and require more care. People try and treat them like another human and that’s not good for them mentally or physically. They shouldn’t be on the sofa all the time and giving them a biscuit just because you are having one isn’t good for their weight. It’s about applying a certain amount of common sense really.
Do you have any health tips you can provide our readers with?
Daisy will go out with me twice daily walking, but could comfortably cover 100 miles if she wanted. I can’t quite mange that yet, so we monitor some extra exercise on our treadmill in our home. When it comes to feeding time we’ve started hiding healthy dog treats in different parts of the house and garden so that she has to work slightly harder to find them. It’s all worth it in the end.
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