September 2021

Pandemic pet help: Answers to top questions

(NC) The past year and a half has been challenging, and many of us have turned to pets for joy, comfort and companionship. In fact, according to a recent survey, over 3.7 million Canadians adopted, purchased or fostered a cat or a dog throughout the pandemic.

With the surge in pet ownership and changing routines, pet parents both new and seasoned had tons of questions. To help answer some of the most popular questions, Purina Beyond brought a panel of pet experts together. Below are answers to three that people ask the most.

What is the best way to prepare for a new pet?
For optimal results, it’s important to be consistent with a training method that is suitable for the whole family. You can choose from a variety of options, but it’s important to stay the course. Another good tip, especially if you’re adopting a new pet, is to communicate with the shelter or rescue agency to understand your pet’s individual needs and prepare accordingly.

My cat is very picky with food. How do I choose a good food that he will like?
Having difficulties figuring out your pet’s eating habits is normal. Over half of Canadian pet parents have questions about eating habits and routine, according to the study. Wet food is a great option to add to your cat's diet because it provides different flavours and textures your furry friend will love.

How often should I bring my animal to the vet?
It typically depends on the pet’s age and their health condition. In general, it's recommended to take your puppy or kitten to the vet once a month to make sure they are growing properly and to get all your questions answered. When they're young adults it's a good habit to get them checked once a year. As they grow older, twice a year would be ideal.

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