Why Go For Pets?
No matter how bad a day you had, your dog will still love you. Owning a pet can bring immeasurable joy to your life, and you will find him waiting for you when you back home
A study says that the pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets and also, people with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
Welcome your pet at home: Always provide a comfortable suitable place for the puppy. Some options are puppy bed, a wicker basket with a pillow or padding, a low walled cardboard box or the snuggle nest available at pet shops. Whatever you choose, make sure it is soft, comfortable, and dry. There should be material enough to cover and keep him warm. The smaller the pup, the less able it is to regulate its body temperature and the more it needs to be protected from the cold.
Never tie him up or put him away when guests come over as he will then associate visitors with confinement and become hostile towards them.
Teething Remedies: Get a variety of chews, both crunchy and soft. The soft will be suitable for training, and the crunchy will help clean teeth. Try to give small frequent meals. Feed every four hours, making it six meals a day. Vary the meals. Suggestions include Dalia, fresh fruit like mashed banana/stewed apple, vegetable broth, cereal, mashed potato, Khichdi with curd, a boiled or scrambled egg.
Welcome a pet home like an addition to the family, not as a status symbol or for any pressure.
Pups will eat whatever you get them used to and can be kept vegetarian. Give carrots to chew. If the dog is younger than four weeks, you will need to give milk diluted with boiled and cooled water through a bottle until the pup can eat by himself.
Grooming sessions: Grooming is not all about making the puppy look good but also is hygienic. Brush gently, check between the paws, lift the ears to look and smell. If handling is associated with comfort and love, your dog will be much easier to care for when grown. Do not bathe your pup before he is two months old.
Social Adaptability: Expose him or her to a variety of people, pets, places and situations to build their confidence.
Regular Checkups: It is crucial to take the pup to the vet for a checkup and de-worming.
Vaccinations start when the puppy is 4-6 weeks old.
This feature was first published in the print version of December 2019 issue of SUBURB magazine.