Healthy pets are so much more than feeding them a nutritious and balanced diet (although that’s very important!). Keeping your furbabies healthy from snout to tail is a personal effort. Check out these four fun and free pet care tips that won’t burn a hole in your wallet!

1. Groom them

Giving your pet a regular grooming schedule doesn’t only keep them oh-so-adorable, it gets their blood circulation going, deepens your bond with them, you help shed away buildup of old skin and fur, and allows you to check for any inflammation. Regular pet grooming is a very proactive way of detecting any parasites that may be living on your furbaby, and it doubles as a general checkup on how healthy they are by seeing the overall quality of their skin, coat, claws, and paws.

 

2. Socialize them

Pets are social by nature, and this promotes healthy behavior. There are exceptions, but generally speaking, all furbabies need a friend. In this day and age, the domestication of dogs and cats has opened doors to all kinds of friendships. When raised together, furbabies can be friends with all kinds of furry things. Cats and dogs are known to get along if they grow up together, and even with other animals such as horses, rabbits, turtles, goats, and chickens. According to americanhumane.org, the best time to socialize pets is when they are still young. Kittens and puppies are at their most fearless, and this is optimal time to acquaint them with different things, so that they learn not to fear it, or react aggressively towards it as they get older.

 

3. Train them

Petmd.com cited pet brains as a muscle, it needs to be worked and stimulated in order to stay healthy.  To keep your furbabies’ heads well used, train them. The bonding that comes from helping your pet better themselves slows down age-related cognitive decline. The stimulation and challenge your pet gets from learning a new skill, without getting too scientific, simply indicates that a learning brain is a healthy brain. Now, how do you train Fido to make you coffee every morning?

 

4. Know them

It’s normal for every pet parent to have a healthy level of obsession for their pets. From all the duly documented ‘cute’ moments to understanding every noise, quirk, and habit, it’s actually very much encouraged to observe your pet. The reason is to know your pet’s general disposition. Dogs and cats have their own personalities, and this allows you a reference point to when something is off. If you find your furbaby is acting more aggressive, more lethargic, eating less, etc, this behavior may be the first indication that something is wrong.