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Do-It-Yourself Pet Care


A dog in the grassThere are many aspects of caring for your pet that are best left to your veterinarian. However, it is possible to minimize those professional bills and keep your cat or dog in tip-top health and condition.

Feeding The Right Pet Food

The outside of your pet is directly influenced by what you put into it, essentially, food. Feeding a quality cat food or dog food will help to ensure that your pet has the right nutrients and vitamins such as Southern States Pet Food. Make sure that you feed your pet the appropriate amount of food for its size and age and establish a feeding routine that suits you and your pet; always ensure there is fresh water available.

Regular Pet Care

Also, have your dog tested for heartworm once a year, your pet may need regular preventative heartworm medicine depending on where you live and where you travel; talk to your veterinarian about other de-worming treatments for your dog and cat.

If your pet is kept outside then you will need to provide shelter for it from the elements and heat in the winter. For the sake of your pet and your carpets and furnishings a de-shedding tool is a must. A cat or dog FURminator(tm) makes a great gift for your furry friend. You can also vacuum your pets hair with the Bissell(tm) Yowza Pet Grooming Attachment. Make sure you choose a high quality de-shedding tool that is right for the size and characteristics for your pet. Furthermore, if you are going to bathe your dog this is best done after de-shedding and brushing, there are a wide range of pet shampoos and treatments available in our Pet Care Products store section.

While you are brushing and grooming your dog is a good time to look for parasites and especially during the summer months you should be checking your pet daily for ticks and fleas, check your pet's bedding and your soft furnishing for early signs of infestation too. For ticks you should check your dog and cat every time your pet returns from exercise outdoors particularly if it has been in long grass; talk to your veterinarian about preventative products that are right for your pet and its age and condition. While you are up close and personal with your pet, you can check for foul breath too, which could be an indication of dental problems. A flea & tick product like Frontline Plus(tm) for dogs can make keeping these nasty pests off your dog a cinch. Check out our store for more flea & tick products for your dog or cat.

Cat or dog dental care is not a cheap, but you can minimize the long-term cost by having regular dental cleanings for your pet or brush their teeth regularly yourself. The best way to ensure that your pet will allow you to brush their teeth is to get them used to you cleaning their teeth at a very early age. Start when your pet is a puppy or kitten.

If you have new dog or a puppy take care when exercising them near livestock as accidents can and do happen. And, finally, there are some occasions when things just happen, shop around for some pet insurance to suit you and your pet.

Helpful DIY Pet Care Tips:

  • make sure you feed your pet the right pet food (consult a vet)
  • preventative & regular pet care
  • have a vet do regular checkups on your dog or cat
    consider pet insurance
  • groom & wash your pet regularly
  • get your pet used to you brushing their teeth when they're young

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