5 Pet-Ownership Challenges And How To Handle Them

Pet-Ownership Challenges And How To Handle Them

Keeping pets is by-and-large, a pleasant experience, but it can have its challenges, and knowing how to deal with them can be a big help. In this post, we’ll examine a few quick-fixes, but remember that your veterinarian is also there to answer your pet-related questions – including ones that may have puzzled you to the point where they seemed unsolvable. But, for now. Let’s look at some DIY fixes that might work when facing some of the common problems pet owners face.

1. Sick Pets

Acting quickly, as soon as you notice something unusual about your pet, is important. Odd behavior, loss of appetite, sudden weight loss or weight gain, excessive scratching or licking, pale gums and tongue, tummy upsets, or seeming listless are all signs that your pet may need medical attention. Have an inexpensive pet health plan and a good veterinarian, and don’t delay getting help. 

2. Forgetting Their Potty Training

When pets face change, they feel insecure and may forget their potty training. A dog may feel the need to mark out territory, or a cat may feel insecure and decide that doing its business near you (or even on top of you) is the safest bet. Neutered cats are less likely to mark out territory in your house, and dogs, having done the deed, may stop doing so pretty quickly. For insecure cats, place a litter tray near the spot they’ve chosen and gradually move it closer to where you actually want them to “go.” If all else fails, chat to your veterinarian or an animal behaviorist. 

3. Wandering

This can be a tricky problem to solve. Neutering pets before they reach full sexual maturity can help to limit the urge to wander, but cats routinely patrol an area that’s larger than the average suburban yard, and some breeds of dogs are natural-born wanderes. You can try getting your cat used to indoor life with supervised outdoor outings. With dogs, finding ways to dog-proof fencing is the best solution. In addition, dogs that are lonely and bored are more inclined to wander. Consider doggie daycare if there’s nobody home during the day. 

4. Not Coming When Called

In dogs, this is a training issue, and you should be able to address it by taking your dog for training classes. Never hit a dog who is slow to come to you, he will think that you are punishing him for coming to you, rather than realizing that it was the delay. Keep training positive by giving pets treats when they behave correctly. Cats are very independent and will decide for themselves whether they want to come when called. Once again, treats could be the key to unlocking obedience

5. Knowing When It’s Time To Euthanize

This is the most difficult decision a pet owner has to make. If a veterinarian recommends euthenasia, it’s very likely the best course of action to limit your pet’s suffering. In very old pets whose health is otherwise good, you can wait. Watch for signs that their time is drawing near. As long as your pet is enjoying its food and can move around without serious discomfort, it should be OK to hold on a little longer. If you aren’t sure, consult a veterinarian. 

More Ups Than Downs

On the whole, pet ownership is an absolute pleasure. They make you happy and they teach your kids valuable life lessons. Keep your sense of humor and your patience, and you and your animal friends should enjoy many happy years together. When the going gets tough and you aren’t sure what to do, always ask for advice. Sometimes, the solutions are surprisingly simple. 

5 Pet-Ownership Challenges And How To Handle Them

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