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When it comes to our pets, some of us are chronic worriers. We question ourselves constantly, about everything. Are they happy enough? Are they healthy? Am I doing a good job? That kind of anxiety can interfere with the enjoyment of sharing your life with a pet.
When worry beats you down, remind yourself of all that makes you an excellent pet parent.
You Do the Necessaries
You keep up with veterinarian checkups and vaccinations. You groom your babe, feed them right, give them attention, and clean up their poops. When you know you’re kicking ass with all the basics, you should have some sense that you’re doing it right. Your pet already knows it.
You Talk and Listen to Your Veterinarian
During checkups and vaccinations, you don’t stand silent waiting for the end so you can get on with other errands. Seeing your pet’s doctor is as important as seeing your doctor. You come prepared with any questions or concerns you’ve collected since your last visit. You listen to your vet’s advice with interest and intent. This is good pet parenting.
You Know Your Pet
No one knows your pet better than you do. You pet, bathe, brush, snuggle, and even massage your babe. You feed, play with, talk to, and listen to them. You know their personality, usual behavior, and daily routine. Take comfort in knowing that if anything is amiss, you have a good chance of knowing it.
Your Imagination Often Takes You for a Ride
You lie awake at night listening for noises. When you leave the house, you wonder if you’ve left something out or on. Worst-case scenarios play out in your brain way too often. You think about the potential harm that could come from anything that your pet puts their paws or mouth on. It may not always be healthy, but worry is a sign of caring. The fact that you’re paranoid about your pet’s health and safety probably means you don’t have to be.
Here are some additional practices that may decrease your worry time.
You’ll worry less if you have preparations in place for some possible scenarios.
Emergency evacuation plans are important to have for humans and pets. If you have to get out fast, make sure you can take them with you. This means having a box or bag of supplies that you can grab in a hurry along with your pet.
Have a contact information sheet that includes numbers for your vet, poison hotline, emergency vets and clinics, and friends or family who can care for your pet in an emergency.
Have a plan for your pet in case something happens to you.
Create or purchase a first aid kit for your pet.
Finding rationality within the worrying mind isn’t easy. You’ve got to accept that some shit is going to happen that’s out of your control. Worrying doesn’t control anything. You do as much as you can to make a great life for your pet, and that has to be enough.
Stop counting how many more years you think your pet has left based on their age. It won’t do anything good for you. Worrying about what’s coming is a waste of time. Instead, enjoy every day of your pet’s life with them.
Before jumping to any supposition, over-analyzing a sneeze, worrying about the cat being too tired, or wondering if the dog is drooling too much, take a deep breath. Pay attention, but don’t make something into more than it is.
Being a worrier and being responsible for a life is a tough combination that lots of us understand. Do what you can to decrease your worry and increase your enjoyment.