As responsible pet parents, we need to be very careful about our pet’s well being. Here are the New Year resolutions every pet parent should take.
Thought for food: Measure all food you give to your pet. Every single treat counts. Give him well-balanced age and breed-specific diet for his healthy well being.
Groom regularly: Keep your grooming tools ready and groom him regularly to keep skin problems at bay.
Keep him occupied: A bored dog has behavioural issues. Keep your dog mentally-stimulated and occupied. There are lot of toys to keep him busy and happy.
Seek a vet: If you have not taken your pet for a routine check-up for the last six months, do so now.
Adopt a homeless pooch: If you have room for another pet, go for a homeless pooch. Alternatively, you can also take care of a street dog in your vicinity. Get him vaccinated and give him proper meals and a clean place to sleep.
*(The above information is for education purpose only.)
The festive season is the perfect time to let your loved ones know how special they are to you. Then your furry baby is on the top of your list! Here’s a list of items wherefrom you can pick up a waggy New Year gift for your pooch.
Every year, I get my dog Sara many presents that I think are awesome. But for once, I decided to sit back, and reflect on what she would love to have. Here’s what Sara would recommend! Sara says while making the following list of her favourite items.
I’m a smart dog! I need some entertainment, I love my toys but sometimes I need more than just a simple ball. Something more engaging perhaps! So, for the love of food and toys, I present to you *drum rolls* Wobbler- a Kong-shaped food dispensing toy and feeder that sits upright until pushed with a dog’s paw or nose, then dispenses treats as it wobbles, spins and rolls. The unpredictable movement keeps the toy challenging and fun, and me entertained and happy as I get little treats every now and then! I am drooling, already.
The floor is cold. Plus, if you don’t want me to share your bed, thenplease give me a place that I can call mine! I need a place to snuggle, and to keep warm. A big bed that allows me to sprawl out or curl up is awesome.
Who doesn’t want a little freedom, especially when you are out on a walk and sniffing the flowers? The Flexi leash gives just that. This awesome leash allows you to stretch up to five meters away. You can put the brake on at any point and lock it. Nice huh? YES!
With the winter coming in, it’s getting cold! Grrrrr..! Because I’m domesticated, I can’t deal with the cold winter like my wild pals can, especially if I have a short coat, and I would love something that would keep me warm and cosy. The jackets at Heads Up For Tails are super comfortable and adjustable so I can still roll, sit, lay around and have some fun!
Walks are my favourite part of the day! To smell the flowers and sniff all the scents of the earth- aah! But what’s not fun is when you tug at my collar every now and then. It hurts and can damage my neck over time. Harnesses are a great alternative to collars as they spread the pressure across the body instead of it being concentrated on the neck. Besides, it makes me look all fabulous!
(Rashi Sanon Narang owns New Delhi-based Heads Up For Tails, a pet corner with a huge collection of luxury accessories to pamper your furry buddy from head to tail)
Q: My one year old cat prefers wet food and is not eating her dry cat food. Is it ok to feed her wet food only? We are mixing the wet food with rice and feeding her twice a day. Also can I feed her fish, chicken or mutton?
Dr KG Umesh: A typical wet food contains 70-120 Kcal per 100g, whereas a dry food contains around 350-400 kcal per 100g. Both wet and dry cat food from reputed manufacturers like Whiskas are complete and balanced food, the difference being water content. Therefore cat will drink more water while eating less dry food compared to wet food. Feeding only wet food also benefits urinary tract health in cats. Feeding one format may encourage the cat to eat the other, i.e. if cat doesn’t like dry food, you can add wet to encourage the cat to eat the dry food. A nutritionally balanced diet is crucial for the healthy growth and development of a cat in order to prepare him for an active, long, and healthy life. Cats cannot thrive on the same basic nutrients as human beings due to their different physiology and the nutrients are needed in proportionately larger quantities. Prepared pet foods from reputable pet food manufacturers come with a guarantee of nutritional adequacy, quality and safety. Our research indicated that most homemade diets/foods fed to cats in our country are inadequate. Therefore do not feed any supplements or home diet while he is feeding on commercial cat food from reputed manufacturer.
New Year resolutions by tail waggers A new year makes me feel a whole new beginning in my life. One year of our life is equivalent to seven years of human life. And so, a new year holds much more importance for us than for the human counterparts. I am lucky to be in a world, which is reasonably full of people who absolutely love, adore and pamper us?–?so much so that in our very short life span, we manage to live our life to the fullest.
This year, I have compiled the following list of a few things that I would want to change — for myself and for the others in my orbit :
I shall?try and not wake my ‘parent’ (yes, that’s how my owner insists I call her) very early in the morning. I love to go out for my early walk, but I see that she has a lot of trouble leaving her warm cosy bed to take me out.
I shall?try and be more active in catching the small rats in the house.
I HAVE?also decided I shall not run away from the house whenever the main gate is left open by mistake. Though I love that occasional thrill of being on my own, going wherever I feel like, and sniffing whatever catches my fancy, I am aware that my parent is not so happy about it. So, I shall stay put till she takes me out herself.
my new?Year resolution would be to share. I would not be overly possessive about my toys, bowls, leash, etc.
I have?also decided to strike a peace deal with the milkman who comes home every morning to deliver milk to my family. If not for him, my parents would have to go all the way to the milk booth.
I shall?try and refrain from occupying the prime spot which is the main sofa in the house, which is also the heart of all activities, by which I keep myself updated.
I MUST?make sure to shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house. Though I love the attention I get whenever I do that, something tells me they are not too happy about it.
I PROMISE?I shall not insist on having the car window rolled down when it’s raining outside. Much as it is enjoyable for me, I notice that it makes my parents very annoyed and upset.
I shall?also try and not use the house sofa and curtains as my face towel, even though I love rubbing against its soft surface.
I shall?also try and keep a diary for where I put my things. I realize I am becoming forgetful and so whenever I need to retrieve anything I have hidden away safely, I have to turn the whole house upside down.
And while there are many other resolutions that I can pen down, I know I won’t be able to pride myself on my will power. So for now, I shall try to work on these resolutions for New Year, and hope all of you out there, work on your resolutions too. Here’s wishing all of you a Very Happy New Year. Woof Woof !!!.
New Year resolutions by pet parents
My four-legged family member knows he is really loved and pampered. But even then, there are times when I realize that I don’t give him as much time and attention that he truly deserves. He does not demand anything from me but that does not mean he does not need anything. Which is why this New Year I have resolved certain things that I need to do for him?: I shall?not scream at him. He is such a baby and I shall try and remember that when he is playful, he is not able to discriminate between what is harmful and what is not. And so, I shall pet proof my house, and stash away everything that might hurt him. That way, he will not harm and be harmed. I love?him so much but there are so many things that I don’t know about him. Now I have decided I shall study about his breed and the specific things they love to do. Believe it or not, different breeds have different likings and once we pet parents are aware of it, life will be so much more enjoyable. I can actually spend more quality time with my pet by doing fun things together.
I HAVE?also decided that I shall contribute regularly to the animal shelter homes. After all, these organisations are doing what I would love to do, but don’t have the resources and time to do. And which is why I am going to try and do whatever little I can to help them in their beautiful endeavour.
I shall?also take my pet out for exercises and make him stay fit and healthy. The best part is, I have decided to make sure we do it together. That way, we will not only be regular, but will get to spend a lot of fun time with each other.
I shall?not postpone my visits to the veterinarian. There is no way my dear pet can tell me what’s wrong with him. And so I shall make sure that his regular check ups don’t suffer.
I shall?never neglect his grooming and shall make sure that if I don’t have time and energy for it, I shall take him to a salon where he can be given the luxurious massage, grooming and the best treatment that he deserves. After all, his good looks will not only make my four-legged friend happy, it will also reflect my good taste and care.
I shall?always make sure he gets to eat the best food possible. As far as possible I shall try and get the combination of taste and protein right in his diet. And since I know what kind of flavour gets him most excited, I shall try and feed him that as much as possible.
Last but?not the least, I shall make sure I get some sort of identification tag for him. God forbid, if he ever gets lost or something happens to him, everyone should know where his family lives. Even though I shudder to think of it, it’s better to take practical steps.
And I promise myself, I shall do all that I have resolved to do this time. Only God know how much I love my dog, and I shall make sure I give him not only all my love and care, but all the very best in life that he deserves. After all, he has filled my life with nothing but joy and I want to do everything that is humanly possible for that sweet lick of his, for that frantic wagging of tail, and that “woof” of delight every time he sees me. This New Year, I shall devote my resolutions to the most beautiful of God’s creations?–?my adorable four-legged canine kid.
To our readers, it goes without saying that you love dogs and are most likely to have one as a pet at home. In that case I guess the doggie will be in for some extra special care and attention as the New Year commences.
Unfortunately, we cannot but be totally aware of the horrible devastation caused by the tsunamis. Human life and property, animal life and ecology – all destroyed in heart-wrenching agony. There were many reported incidents that animals sensed the impending danger by detecting subtle shifts in the environment. While the human loss was catastrophic, animals that were free and unchained fled to safety. The National Geographic magazine reported that elephants were seen running away and bats flying. They also mentioned two pet dogs who refused to go for their daily runs on the beach that morning. Along India’s Cuddalore coast, where thousands of people perished, buffaloes, goats, and dogs were found unharmed. But the fact remains that thousands of animals have been rendered homeless. There are teams that have gone to rescue them but, like children, they will need lifelong care. Money is desperately needed, says Maneka Gandhi.
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Along with all the alarming tsunami reports, there is a story I must share with you: Nearly two years ago, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, a well-known dog lover, stopped the killing of strays and proposed that they be trained to detect bombs and drugs. The monarch also inspired the idea of taking their help for the rescue efforts after the titanic wave engulfed coastal areas. As a result, the Thai army has deployed dogs to facilitate search in the devastated areas. I conclude with an appeal?:
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.” (Edward Everett Hale) So contribute your share to help the homeless, starting 2005 on a positive note.
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