As anyone with one will tell you, having a pet is very much like having a child. They demand your time, zap your savings, always do the opposite of what they’re told and are the greatest thing to happen to your life.
But whether you’re the owner of one pet or seven, sometimes you make mistakes. In a recent Reddit thread, vets shared the biggest and most common mistakes they see pet owners making and it’s eye opening.
Pin it, save it or send to a friend – this is one list you’re going to want to read later.
1. Letting them get fat.
“Obesity is one of the most common problems I see,” wrote one vet.
“Your pets depend on you and you alone to regulate the amount of food you provide to them, and thus their weight,” added another.
“Obesity affects all body systems and unfortunately will often translate to a shorter lifespan.”
2. Not taking care of their teeth.
“One of the most common things we see, and a very serious issue at that, is dental disease in pets, and often the owner has no idea that their animal’s teeth are bad at all,” wrote user series_of_adjectives.
“Dental disease affects all body systems (bacteria and dental disease go hand in hand, and those bacteria end up all throughout the body, affecting organs such as the kidneys and the heart), not to mention it flipping hurts!!”
According to the vet, just because your pet is still eating, doesn’t mean they don’t have an oral health issue.
"The truth of it is, is you eat or starve. I like to tell people that the most common symptom you'll see in dental disease (besides, of course, the yucky mouth itself) is no symptoms," he says.
He recommends daily tooth brushing at home with a veterinary toothpaste and regular physical examinations and professional dental cleanings.
3. Buying breeds with low life expectancy.
"Certain breeds are terribly bred. The bulldog is by far the worst breed and you are signing yourself up to be paying for a lot of vet bills," wrote user carlyrhodes.
4. Not cutting your pet's nails.
"I can't tell you how many times I've had to wrestle an ingrown nail out of an animals flesh. And that stuff can get in there deep. And most of the time, the animal doesn't give you any signs that it's in pain and the owners don't even notice it's happening," wrote user amoyensis13.