Terris Little Haven

I've traded scrubs for relaxation as a retired nurse, soaking up the Southern charm in Georgia and living my ultimate life! With my furry friends by my side, I'm not just a tiny house dweller – I'm a tiny house enthusiast, blogging my heart out along the way!


14 Ways to Keep Your Pet Healthy & Happy

Pets have a way of bringing joy and liveliness to a home. They are great playmates that help you combat loneliness. There aren’t many soothing experiences other than having a pet wait eagerly at the door when you get home from work. Some pet owners even beat addictions and experience lowered anxiety and stress levels. It is only fair that we return the favor to these wonderful creatures and give them the care they deserve! Here are some of the ways to keep your pet healthy and happy. 

Regular exercise 

Ensure you take your pet on regular walks and let them have fun. Regular exercise helps your pet maintain proper body weight and keeps them happy and active throughout the day. It will keep your pet happy!
Set aside some time to play with your pet. For example, you could chase your dog around the yard, play fetch or engage in a game of play fighting. Playing with your pet will lead to mental stimulation. It will keep your pet physically fit and active. By the end of the day, they will be so tired that they want to eat and sleep.  

Proper shelter

Your pet will surely appreciate having a roof over their heads and some clean, warm beddings where they can lie down for a nap. Change their beddings regularly and use a detergent that is not overly perfumed or too harsh for your pet’s fur. 

Research on your pet’s breed

Each breed has its own dietary and grooming needs. It is recommended that you research the type of breed you want to get as a pet. Find out exactly what you need to give them the best care possible. It would be unfortunate if your pet started becoming malnourished in your care simply because you did not do your research.
Tip: Seek help from a vet if you aren’t sure about the right dietary and other needs suited for your pet

Regular visits to the vet

Talking of a vet, you ought to take your pet for checkups. You can do so at least once a year to ensure that they are as fit as a fiddle. Regular pet care checkups allow for early detection and prevention of diseases. Animals have emotions just like humans do, and you must ensure that they feel comfortable and safe around the vet. 

Good nutrition

A balanced diet is essential for your pet’s happiness and health. The proper nutrition will prevent your pet from becoming obese. It will provide their body with the necessary vitamins and nutrients for growth and development. Ensure you purchase the right food for their breed. Make sure you also invest in proper feeding items such as cat food bowls. It will help to teach proper feeding manners to your pet and uphold proper hygiene. 


Always keep clean, freshwater to drink in their feeding bowls. Water is as important to animals as it is to humans. 


Trim your pet’s nails and ensure you give them a warm bath regularly. Brushing their fur is also recommended and while you do so, check for bald spots, lumps, bumps, and dandruff. In case you discover any anomalies, seek advice from the vet. Check your pet’s eyes and mouth as well to ascertain that everything is alright. It is also good to brush your pet’s teeth and practice dental hygiene. You can use dental chews to prevent the occurrence of periodontal diseases, which can be very painful and costly to manage.


The formative period begins just after birth up to when they turn 18 weeks. It is actually the most crucial to your pet’s life. Social interaction is important as a way to reduce aggression and antisocial behavior. The sooner your pet learns to interact with other animals and humans, the better it will be for all of you in the long run. Take your pet out for walks, visit a pet park or plan a play date with your fellow friends who also own pets. 

Pet safety & hygiene 

Keep hazardous and toxic substances away from your pet’s reach. That way, even when you are busy doing house chores, your pet is not at risk of being poisoned. Better even, have your pet wear a collar with their name and home address. It will come in handy in case they get lost. 

Affection and attention

Establishing a strong bond with your pet makes them feel loved. It will strengthen your emotional connection. You can show affection by cuddling your pet, giving them belly rubs, and brushing their fur. Pets given attention at home are more likely to have positive interactions with other humans and animals. 


Getting your pet neutered has a plethora of health benefits. Spaying can reduce irritability that comes with the female cycle. In general, neutered pets have an extended life expectancy, have a lower risk of infections and cancers. Males have lesser aggressive tendencies.


Toys keep your pet busy as well as stimulate their mind and reflexes. They are also a good way to keep pet owners entertained. Nothing beats watching your cat relentlessly trying to chase a fluffy toy around the house. As long as they are non-toxic and safe for your pet to chew on, toys are a must-have in your home.  

Vaccinate your pet

Talk to your vet about the best vaccination schedule for your pet. Vaccination can prevent diseases such as parvovirus, rabies, distemper, and panleukopenia in pets, no matter the age. 

Protect against parasites

You would want their pets to be parasite-infested. This is why your vet should discuss preventive measures to ward off parasites such as fleas, ticks, and heartworms.

Final Remarks

As a pet owner, you have a huge responsibility to take care of your pet. Your choice of pet will depend on your level of commitment and how much time you can afford to allocate to feeding, playing and taking good care of your best friend. Ensure you keep your pet healthy and happy!