As humans, it is our responsibility to take care of our environment – and that includes all the living beings that preside in them. For thousands of years, we have co-existed with different animals, and eventually, as time went by, we have domesticated a lot of them, including dogs and cats.
Dogs, in fact, are dubbed as man’s loyal best friend. And not just dogs, but any types of animals as well. Now, these animals are known to make one’s life better. A good support system, as others would say. They are our loyal and loving companions in the face of a weakening disease or mental disorder. And just because these animals are there to support us, it does not mean that we have to stop taking care of them. In return, it would be a great idea to care for them too.
Here are five tips on how to take care of a support animal.
Consider them a member of the family.
Whoever you are and wherever you are, we all need a family. The family is whom you get home to and be with – no matter what the situation is. By simply including your support animal as a member of your family, it will give them, no doubt, a love that they truly deserve. What they do for all of us deserves the best, and considering them as a family is enough to give back the laughter and love they so easily give us.
Make sure that your home can also provide to their needs.
Just like bringing forth a child in this world, it is a great responsibility to shelter an animal in your home. Always make sure that your support animal will get the right kind of home that is best suited for them. Give them enough space to live in – where they can be comfortable, happy, and secure.
Allow them to run freely and spend time with nature.
Nature heals, as they say. As much as you can, let your support animal run freely on green parks. Let them play with other animals and give them a lot of space to just enjoy nature. This is a win-win situation for both the support animal and a patient who is battling with depression. Going outdoors and doing an outdoorsy type of activities is a great way to combat negative feelings.
Be mindful of your support animal’s needs when traveling.
This is an important step, especially for dogs that are prone to sickness when traveling, either by air, car, or train. It is important that prior to your trip, especially on long ones, that you take note the nearest stops, hotels, or restaurants. Map it out before setting out on the road.
Do not leave them unattended.
Your support animal has feelings too, and they can get lonely if you leave them on a long period of time. If you have to be away, make sure to leave them in proper hands and invest on things that could entertain them such as toys.