For pet parents everywhere, our animal friends firmly hold a huge place in our hearts because they love us unconditionally, keep us company with an endless supply of affection, and always greet us enthusiastically with licks, kisses and hugs. Thanks to our pets, we even end up getting the physical activity we need in our otherwise sedentary but busy lives, but while we look to them for so many of these gifts, they also depend almost entirely on us for their survival.

Having a pet is a privilege and it comes with its own set of requirements and responsibilities that must be diligently handled. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Shantanu Kalambi, Chief Veterinarian at Supertails, said: “Worming your pet once every 3-4 months and have them vaccinated every year, neuter your pet, know the diet of your pet’s do’s and don’ts, no exercise after eating, especially with deep-chested dog breeds, keep more than one water bowl around the house and make sure it’s cleaned regularly, use tick and flea preventative products and daily exercise is necessary.

Highlighting the top five things all veterinarians want pet parents to know to ensure the overall well-being and a long and happy life of their pets, Dr. Vinod Sharma, Chief Veterinary Officer at DCC Hospital Animal, listed:

1. Consider your options when adopting – Although many brands and stores offer exotic dogs, cats, etc., it is always best to adopt one from a shelter. A whole world of wonderfully loving animals are patiently waiting for someone to choose them instead, in shelters everywhere. Remember to adopt from a reputable organization, take the time to learn about it and all of its policies and practices, and be sure to obtain all necessary details, including medical records from the animal, regardless of age.

2. Choose a good vet – Just like for us humans, our family physicians are our first contact for any health issue, our animal friends also need a reliable and trusted doctor at their fingertips. In fact, finding a good veterinarian is a critical decision, an investment in the future of our pets, as well as ourselves. Pet owners should conduct their own research on available licensed veterinarians, cross-checking it with reviews and referrals from friends and family, before making their decisions.

3. Make sure they have company and attention – While the number of adoptions increased at the start of the pandemic, once things started to look up and offices and schools started to reopen, this was very bad news for many of these pets. Anyone who is or is looking to parent a pet should also be aware of their responsibilities. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to find affordable yet reliable boarding and grooming facilities where experienced pet handlers can take care of your companion when you’re busy.

4. Teach them the rules – Understand that when you bring a pet into your home, you automatically assume a parent’s responsibility to it in all respects. So, just as you need to cater to their needs, you also need to teach them some basic house rules and behavioral basics. This can involve anything from litter box training and basic habits and routines to making sure they know which areas of the house are restricted. And in case you need help, you can always talk to a good trainer for advice, or have them train your pet for you, and deal with any concerning behavior early on.

5. Ensure a good diet – Although it may seem obvious, the reality is that in a large number of Indian households, there is a serious lack of awareness regarding the food that our pets may have. Human food, in particular, is not intended for them at all, and spices, oils and other ingredients could harm them beyond repair. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to consult with an experienced pet nutritionist, who can help you understand all the different things your pet needs, the things they can’t have, and create the best diet. possible for him, at an affordable price. and practical for you too!