8 Tips to Cheer Up Depressed Pets

What if lately, you’ve been noticing your pet sleeps abnormally (more than usual), eats less, seems sad, and spends most of its time moping round the house. All these behaviors are totally opposite to his or her normal behavior. Without a doubt, you may start to worry! Depression is what your furry friend may be experiencing. This condition isn’t dissimilar to that of humans.

You’re used to seeing your pet happy because he or she is always there for you whenever you’re down. The mere thought of seeing your furry friend crestfallen makes you sick. Now it’s your turn to be there for him or her. How do you cheer up your best friend? What are some of the methods you can use?

If your pet is depressed, here are 8 strategies to use to cheer him/her up:

1. Spend ample time with your pet

One of the most effective ways to cheer up pets is by spending more time with them, especially when they’re depressed. Now, more than ever, he or she needs you – your undivided attention. Spending quality time together shows your pet how much you love and cherish him or her. To transit from the pits to his/her joyful, happy self, simply give your pet your support, care, and love.

2. Indulge your pet in outdoor activities

Whether you own a cat or a dog, taking him for a fun afternoon out in the park is an effective way of cheering him up. At first, the pet won’t seem enthusiastic. However, as you two enjoy each other’s company, you’ll be surprised by how jovial he’ll turn out to be. Some physical exercise, a change in surroundings, and some quality time with you, will go miles to bring back enthusiasm in your pet.

3. Show your pet you’re happy

Did you know pets and dogs are very intelligent when it comes to telling if you’re happy, just by looking at your face? Consequently, when he’s depressed, avoid frowning or showing him or her that you’re sad. An effective way to cheer up your dog is by staying happy yourself.

4. Socialize your pet

Is your dog or cat depressed because he or she lost a companion or family member? If yes, then you need to take your pet to the park, or to a daycare center, where he or she can socialize with others. According to studies, animals enjoy same-species companionship. Therefore, you shouldn’t hesitate to try out this strategy.

5. Reward your pet for positive behavior

This strategy is more of a positive reinforcement. When he or she shows any sign of getting over depression, you should give your pet a treat or pat on the head. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t be overly sympathetic as this will encourage others to remain depressed in order to enjoy the same attention. You need to show him or her how pleased you are anytime he or she eats meals properly, or plays with you in the park.

6. Comfort your pet with favorite toys

Does your cat or dog have a favorite toy? A great way to cheer up your cat is by giving him or her toys to play with. Most pets have a tendency to find comfort in familiarity. They’ll be more cheery if they are around their favorite toys.

7. Play him or her some music

In the same way music calms and soothes human beings, most pet owners admit that music is also magical to pets. Surprisingly, you’ll be able to lift up the mood of your pet by playing him or her some soothing music. Just ensure that the volume isn’t too high. The last thing you want is to make things worse.

8. Take your pet out for a ride

This strategy works wonders especially if your pet enjoys going for rides. If possible, bring your entire family with you when stepping out for a ride. In addition to enjoying the family’s company, he or she will also enjoy the fresh air.

Chances are very high that the depression affecting your pet will also affect you. Consequently, before the two of you sink into depression, you should act fast. You must find ways to cheer him or her up as soon as you can. The above are some simple ways you can cheer up your pet.

Hotels and Pets – How To Have The Best Experience

Pet owners these days are lucky because there are more pet-friendly hotels that they can choose from. Years ago, hotel executives have come to realize that potential customers could not go on vacations because they could not bring along their pets and they did not want to leave them behind. Because of this, the number of pet-friendly hotels has increased.

However, as with raising your pet, bringing one along with you to these pet-friendly hotels involves preparation and responsibility. You also have to remember that these types of hotels have different degrees of “pet-friendliness.” So, don’t just show up at a hotel with your pet, you have to call and check the hotel out before booking. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Ask for details about their pet policies.
  2. Ask what specific types, sizes and even maximum number of pets you are allowed to bring (presuming you want to bring more than one pet.) This is important, because some hotels only allow dogs and some allow only one pet per room.
  3. Ask if there are additional fees. A few hotels may not charge extra for pets but most will charge a one-time cleaning fee, per pet, per night or per stay.
  4. Ask what types of rooms are available to guests with pets. Some hotels have only a limited number of rooms for pet owners. If you have specifications for a room, such as a Jacuzzi or other amenities, ask if these are available to pet owners like you.
  5. Ask what services are available for pets. Some hotels offer food and water bowls, pet-sitting or dog-walking services.

If you have all the information that you need and you feel that the hotel meets your requirements for your pet/s, then go ahead and book a reservation. However, when you are at the hotel, you also have to remember some guidelines:

  1. The most obvious one would be: your pet should be housetrained. He should not “do his business” anywhere he wants and he should not chew or scratch. He should be quiet (or will be quiet on command). He should not be running around the room and knocking everything over and breaking things.
  2. Always keep your pet under control. Even if the hotel allows dogs to run without a leash, make sure he comes back when you call him. Pets usually become confused in unfamiliar surroundings.
  3. Do not allow your pet to bother other guests or guest pets. There are people who are afraid of animals or just don’t like pets. Don’t allow your pet to jump on or rush at other hotel guests. Make sure that your pet doesn’t lick or lean on other guests unless you’re sure that the guests don’t mind. You should also restrain your pet from approaching other guest pets because some animals do not like meeting other pets.
  4. When pets are in unfamiliar territory, they may exhibit behaviour that they normally would not when they are in familiar surroundings. Some dogs tend to bark at everyone and everything in unfamiliar territories. That is why you should never leave your pet unattended.
  5. Sometimes accidents happen even if your pet is well-behaved. Always take responsibility and pay for any damages that your pet may cause.
  6. Always respect the pet policy of the hotel that you choose. If you do not like their rules, look for another hotel that has a pet policy that is suited to your needs.

We love our pets. But always bear in mind that if you want to have a fun vacation with them, make sure that you are aware of the hotel’s pet policy beforehand and that you are willing to follow the rules. You wouldn’t want to have any unpleasant surprises when you bring Fido or Fifi along.

How to Choose the Best Flea and Tick Prevention for Your Pets

There are many products that can help in the fight. Some protect against fleas, or ticks only. Others offer protection against both. Some, in addition to fleas and ticks, add protection against other parasites, such as lice or mosquitoes. There are those that focus on immediately killing parasites already on your pet, but offer no long-term protection. Deciding which one works best for your pet comes down to your pet’s needs and your specific environment.

Your veterinarian will make a recommendation based on a number of factors: where you live, your dog’s health, and other pets and children in the household. This may sound complicated, but comes down to two actions: killing fleas and ticks on your pet right now and keeping fleas and ticks from attacking in the future.

Killing Fleas Right Now

If your pet has fleas right now, you can treat with medicated shampoos and sprays, or a quick kill pill that works within a few hours. Then proceed with preventatives.

Killing Ticks Right Now

If your pet has ticks, remove the ones that are attached. If you see one, check for other ticks that are crawling around or are attached somewhere else on your pet. Check your pet’s head and neck area very closely, as this seems to be a common spot for ticks to bite.

Keep Them From Coming Back – Preventatives

The second part of the fight against fleas and ticks is keeping them from coming back. These medications are called preventatives. One popular preventative approach is a topical medication that you put directly on your pet’s skin once a month. Read the label. Not all topical medicines are created the same. One product sold in stores for example works for dogs but is harmful for cats. You must know the difference to know which products you need for your pet and how to apply the product. One spreads protection by putting oils on the pet’s fur. To apply, pull back the fur and apply the product directly to the skin, starting with a spot on the neck and then one or two other spots down the back. Apply the liquid in spots where your pet is not likely to lick it off. In a couple of days the medication will spread and your pet will be protected all over his/her body.

The best time to apply the topical medication is at night, right before your pet goes to sleep and the kids are in bed. There are a few hours at that time for the liquid to start working before your pet rolls around or the kids start playing with them. Also, it is a good idea not to wash your pet for a couple of days before or after applying the medicine so the oils stay in the fur.

Other topicals are applied on the skin but are absorbed directly into your pet’s bloodstream. If you choose this method you need only apply the liquid in one spot, at the top of the shoulders or the back of the neck. After applying any topicals, wash your hands and don’t touch the wet spot.

Protective Collars are another way to keep fleas and ticks off your pet. You should change protective collars about every three months.

Sprays may be another choice. Read the directions on the bottle or can.

Talk to Your Veterinarian

Your veterinarian will customize a flea and tick prevention program that works best for your pet and your family where you live. Enjoy the season with parasite free, healthy pets!