It is common for a pet to have one primary human that they look up to for their care and comfort. For an unexplained reason beyond my control this have been my role since we got our Havanese dog, Delilah when she was a puppy almost eleven years ago this coming June. I know this because she follows me around the house and watches every move I make when with her. I also know this because she feels most comfortable walking and doing what she needs to do when I walk her. I sometimes feel that she saves all of her "stuff" for when I get home and walk her.
As a primary caretaker there are important responsibilities when a person or a pet depends on you. Included in my routines are providing food and shelter, grooming, teethbrushing, veterinarian visits and walking. As such I thought I would share some articles regarding pet safety. Last month I blogged about making your home pet friendly and awhile back I wrote about Pet Safety.
In this blog post I will update a few recent articles I have read with ideas on how to be a better primary caretaker of your dog. In today's NYT click here is an article that shares tips on how to be an advocate for your pet and approach a veterinarian visit by preparing 5 recommended questions. Ideally it is always good to be prepared for the visit ahead of time with any concerns you may have.
I recently had my dog's teeth cleaned under anesthesia after much debate and fear. Plaque is a leading cause of heart disease and since she was still in very good shape it was recommended to do the procedure once while she was strong. She had severe plaque and a few teeth that needed attention. It was a nerve racking day for me but fortunately went well. I routinely brush her teeth and the vet actually said although she had 2 small teeth pulled her gums and teeth were in excellent shape. In follow up I researched pet teeth care to keep up her dental health and reduce the chance of plaque coming back. I am sharing an article from the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) here.
My favorite time of day is when I come home and walk Delilah. This gives me time to detox from a busy day, spend some quality bonding time and get fresh air. It is always important to be safe when walking your pet and here is an article with some safety tips for your ventures. Of note, on a separate note visibility is important and I do have a side business selling light up dog leashes (click here to learn more). As a matter of fact, the sun is about to come out now and I am going to do just that after I publish this post. Have a great night!!
Wendy is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham covering Metrowest Boston and the Lower Cape. She loves to blog about things near and dear to her including her Havanese Delilah. She recently started sharing short videos of her walks around the local area with Delilah to highlight her market area. You can see these by following her on Instagram or Facebook.