Leaving The Little Loved Ones

leaving your best friend behind

When we have pets, we’re expected to dedicate a certain amount of time to them. This is all well and good if your life is following a constant with no change on the horizon, but for those who are trying to juggle jobs, children and everything else, it can start to become more of a chore than originally anticipated. Pets require more than just fuss to be able to thrive; they need good, cleaning living conditions, a regular amount of food and water and, in some cases, exercise and interaction to help them to live a long and healthy life. However, this isn’t to say that you can’t invest in a little bit of help so that you can get the best out of your pet when life starts to get a bit more hectic.

Adapt Their Feeding

The great thing about technology is that it is constantly developing to help us live a more productive existence by freeing up time that would otherwise be spent completing inane tasks. One such example is that of having to feed your pet at the same time every day to stick to any routine or schedule that you’ve got put in place. It can increase anxiety in those who are not good at timekeeping, as well as being a nuisance to sort when you’ve got something else planned.  Instead of worrying yourself over it, get an automatic feeder from a place such as https://www.reviewloft.co.uk/the-best-automatic-cat-feeders/ to do the work for you. It’s a no-brainer, and definitely something worth investing in – especially if you are already trying to keep up with a busy pace of life.

Hire A Sitter

As well as babysitters, you can also hire pet sitters to come to your house and check that everything is as it should be. Those who are employed to look after dogs and horses may give them a good run around so you know that they’re getting at least some exercise before you get back. There are sites such as http://www.4pawspetsitting.com/reviews-and-testimonials/ which detail the most experienced people to consider for the job. Always go with your gut instinct; interview the people for the role and make sure that they fully answer any questions that you may have about the care of your pets. Remember to ask for recommendations from people you know who also use pet sitters to make sure you’re getting a thorough account.

Consider Separation Anxiety

If you know that you won’t be around for most of the day, don’t get a pet that is prone to separation anxiety. Depending on what you get or have got, there are certain traits within breeds of animals which display this behaviour – the Basset Hound dog is a classic example of one that needs their owners to be with them for the majority of the day. Pets that don’t tend to require much human interaction to keep them calm are rodents, fish and reptiles; anything else needs to be steered clear of to limit the upset on both ends.

What this pet guardian wants vets everywhere to know…

What every vet needs to know

Recently there has been an “Every Time” post going around social media to try and raise awareness of the risk of suicide in vets and how owners contribute. Tonight though I found a pet guardian that had written a response that I just had to share for every vet everywhere so please share and help make sure your vet gets to see this.

Rachel Allen wrote…

This makes me quite sad. I love my vet. Our family have been with him for over 20 years and he has saved many of our pets lives.

Here is my response for my vet, and to vets everywhere.

For every self-centred, ignorant and demanding client there are many more of us who;

See you handle our beloved pets with the same love, tenderness and respect that we show them.

We notice you are never quick to push us out the door and that you have time to listen to our, possibly often, trivial concerns.

We notice, and are thankful, for how you take the time to explain our pets situation in terms we are understand without frightening us to much.

We notice you don’t drive a Mercedes or Lamborghini. We know that practice expenses are high. We imagine liability insurance to be a depressing figure. We know that your university fees are extraordinary and that you are working to pay them back.

We value your time when we call to ask for some quick advice, we try to limit such intrusions so you’re not inconvenienced. We really appreciate every second of your time.

We know that the cost of our vet bills are high, we know the prescriptions are high but, we also know that’s not your fault. Some of us are literally handing over our pay checks to pay for our beloved pets needs but we do so because we love our pets. We harbour no ill feelings towards you as they are our pets and their expenses are our responsibility. It is not your responsibility to pay for them.

We never forget that you have saved our pets lives. Sometimes many times. Sometimes we aren’t even aware of what you go through to save our pets but we love you for the fact that they are able to live another day.

We know that when the time comes you will be there to make sure our beloved pet does not suffer any more pain, that you will help them over that rainbow bridge. We know you will do your best to console us when this happens and we will wonder how much of our pain you will share in that day. We will hope that you know that we are forever grateful.

For every client that brings you grief, please know there are far more of us whose lives you have changed for the better. Every time you fix our beloved pets, every day extra that we get to spend with our pets, because of you, are days that we treasure.

You allow us more joy than you may ever know. For that, for everything you do, we thank-you. ❤

Starter Pets: Q&A

Hamster

It might sound like a strange concept, but starter pets can be a great way of introducing animal care into your home.

What Is A “Starter” Pet?

Not meant in any way to be derogatory, a starter pet should be considered the kind of pet that has all the benefits of pet ownership – but doesn’t take as much time, effort, or expense, to care for.

Everyone loves dogs and cats; a huge number of homes tend to have at least one of these animals. However, there’s no doubt that they take a lot of energy and a lot of money to care for. It’s also a huge time investment, with dogs – on average – living for at least 10 years, and cats potentially double that with the right care.

A starter pet is meant to be a way of learning about caring, how to schedule your time for doing so, and adapting your lifestyle to suit.

Which Animals Make Good Starter Pets?

It could be said that any animal that isn’t a cat or a dog makes for a good entry point into pet ownership. However, there are a couple that are often overlooked to consider –

Chickens

You don’t need a huge amount of space for a chicken; a medium size back garden will usually be sufficient, if you have room for a chicken house and a decent run. Not only are chickens fun fowl to care for, they can also be a source of eggs. If you buy a rooster, you could even end up with fertile eggs, which you can nurture with the help of incubators like those found on TheChickenHub.com. This is incredibly rewarding, as you’re there from the moment they break through the shell and look into the world for the first time!

Rodents

Hamsters and rats are the classic pets for kids. These mischievous little creatures can be a lot of fun and the costs of sustaining them are fairly cheap. You’ll need a good size cage and a good food source, as well as a few toys – YourPetHamster.com has some great ideas for engaging little hamster brains.

Do They Really Prepare You For Larger Pet Ownership?

Oh yes. To begin with, you get into the habit of considering another creature. You establish feeding routines, caring for them, and ensuring they are comfortable. If you’ve never had a pet before (or it’s been awhile), then these are habits that you will need to pick up.

Cats and dogs don’t deal well with being left alone. They are prone to separation anxiety, which can mean you have to completely alter your schedule for them. This isn’t true of starter pets; you might need to make small adjustments, but it won’t be the wholesale changes that cats and dogs require. If you struggle to make these adjustments, that’s a good sign that you aren’t ready for the commitment of large pet ownership.

Which, of course, is fine. There’s plenty of fun, enjoyment, and love to enjoy with smaller starter pets – so why not make the leap into a whole new world of pet parenthood?