pet careSharing your life with a pet can be a deeply satisfying experience, one that can be enhanced if you are the owner of a laid-back, behaved, and independent dog or cat. Everyone loves a dog who isn’t constantly jumping up and is satisfied to rest in the same room as his or her owner, or a cat who enjoys the occasional snuggle without constantly meowing for food or company. But are these pets actually easier to care for than their needier counterparts?

Understanding basic pet care is important, whether you have an exuberant Labrador or a mellow tabby, Your team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is here for you every step of the way as you figure out the best way to care for your independent pal.

The Principles of Pet Care

Most of us already know it’s our duty to keep our pets safe and healthy by providing for their physical needs, including:

  • Fresh water and nutritious food
  • Safe shelter from the elements
  • Regular vaccinations and year-round parasite protection
  • Spaying/neutering
  • Regular exercise
  • High quality veterinary care
  • Dental care
  • Grooming

Responsible pet owners also tune in to the mental and emotional well-being of their pets. They do this by spending time playing and interacting with them, providing obedience training where applicable, involving them in family activities, speaking kindly to them, and offering lots of snuggles.

Understanding the Independent Pet

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be easy to let certain aspects of pet care slide, especially when your pet isn’t demanding by nature. For example, the energetic spaniel who greets you with the leash in his mouth is probably more likely to get a daily walk than the collie who calmly wags her tail when you walk through the door. And the loud cat who rubs up against your legs all afternoon is almost assuredly going to receive more attention than a reserved, aloof cat.

This is especially true when it comes to illness and injury. Dogs and cats have evolved to hide any sign of physical distress, and the more independent the pet, the more they may try to cover up a problem.

Still Waters Run Deep

Your self-sufficient pet still relies on you for almost all of his or her needs. Paying close attention to your pet, and getting to know his or her normal patterns and behaviors, will alert you to any subtle health changes. Your commitment to understanding your pet’s subtleties will pay off with improved health and wellness, and a deeper bond between the two of you.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet, we are only a phone call away!