Horror stories abound about pets that cause structural damage to homes while their owners are away at work or out running errands. While pet-proofing your home or investing in a kennel is an important part of keeping your furniture from being chewed up, a veterinarian will tell you that it is just as important to make sure your pet has enough activities to keep him or her busy while you are away. To keep your pet mentally stimulated and comfortable whenever you are away for any length of time, follow this advice:
Provide Chew Toys and Treat Balls:
The majority of pet-inflicted damage that homes sustain takes place when pets are bored. Pet boredom can also impact pets psychologically. Chew toys, treat balls, and other toys—especially interactive ones—can provide your dog or cat with hours of stimulation while you are away at work. This stimulation will allow your pet a chance to expend any nervous energy and will help keep his or her attention away from your furniture and other possessions.
Give Your Pet a Cozy Place to Relax:
If your pet is home alone all day while you are at work, you can bet that at least a couple of hours will be spent napping or at least relaxing. Invest in a pet bed or create a comfortable space in which your dog or cat can relax in peace. To make this space extra special for your beloved pet, leave a shirt or some other item that smells of you.
Leave on the Radio or TV:
Voices on the radio and the sound and images on the TV can make a pet feel less alone when nobody else is home. Some pets can even be entertained by this audio/visual stimulation.
Provide Food and Water:
It’s important to ensure that ample water is available for your pet to drink throughout the day, especially during summer. You should also leave food out in a quantity determined by the diet you and your veterinarian have decided on for your pet.
When you have to leave your Arlington home for longer periods of time, Gully Animal Hospital’s pet boarding services can come in handy. To find out more about the benefits of boarding your pet with us, call (817) 756-6733.