Did you take the decision to bring a companion animal into your home? First of all, congratulations! There are various positive effects of keeping a pet on one’s overall mental and physical wellbeing. Among the benefits of interaction, companion animals can offer comfort and emotional support, help decrease blood pressure, stress, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, and increase opportunities for outdoors living, exercise, and socialisation. Research has shown that kids growing up with pets develop increased cognitive stimulation, empathy and immunity, better habits, and resilience to stress. Pets contribute to a healthier lifestyle and reciprocally require the keeping up of a routine that includes exercise, time, attention, training, and care.
Responsible ownership means to be well-informed on a range of topics, to be prepared for all kinds of situations and to be informed about different needs of the animal. FOUR PAWS offers a variety of guides on their website, from pets in hot weather, to removing your cat’s hair or preparing for the possibility of a disaster amongst many more. Feel free to visit the website and scroll through the different articles or use our contact form if you have any questions!
For dogs and humans to cohabit harmoniously, it is important that social contact between them takes the appropriate form. Within the family, a dog also needs clear rules to which it can adhere.
Dogs are social, intelligent and active animals. So, it’s important to provide them with safe and suitable opportunities to exercise their bodies and minds, during every stage of life.
Moving house can be stressful for everyone involved, including your dog. Although you’ll be very busy with little time, please bear in mind the following to help make it easier and safer for him.
Leaving your dog in someone else’s care while you travel can be a tough but sometimes unavoidable decision. Some careful planning and training in advance can help them to stay safe and relaxed.
It’s important to ensure your dog always feels part of your family, and to prepare them for the change in their routine, plus all the unusual sights, sounds and smells that the new arrival will bring.
It’s every dog owners worst nightmare. Your beloved dog has vanished, apparently without trace. In this situation, it’s vital to keep a cool head and take prompt action to find your missing dog.
Make sure you’re always prepared for an emergency. The best action for all emergency situations is to contact the vet, so find out the name of your local practice and keep your vet's phone number to hand.
Once you know that a baby is on the way, you prepare yourself and your family for the changes ahead. The cat also needs to be prepared as there will be changes in the home environment and routine.
It’s every cat owners worst nightmare. Your beloved cat has vanished, apparently without trace. In this situation, it’s vital to keep a cool head and take prompt action to find your missing cat.
Saying goodbye to your pet
As sad as it is, there will come a time when you have to say goodbye to your animal. Losing a pet is a very sad, sometimes traumatic experience. Every owner grieves differently and it is important that you take the time to cope with your loss. Sometimes, you will need to make the decision to let your pet go. Ensuring your pet’s best possible quality of life, thus overall physical and mental well-being should determine this decision. If your pet no longer has a good quality of life and is suffering, and any veterinary treatment will only prolong your pet’s life without improving their quality of life, the responsible decision is to let if go to avoid future suffering.