Taking care of your furry friend is comparable to taking care of a child— just as much work and quite the learning curve. Here are some guidelines on how you can ensure the health of your cat or pet.

Stay on top of fleas. Not only can fleas spread disease or infection to your pet, but if one is swallowed, your pet can get tapeworms as well. Speak to your veterinarian about the best flea prevention method.

If your pet is still getting used to the grooming process, only work with him or her in short bursts. Groom for about five minutes and then stop and move on to another activity. Eventually, start adding on two or three minutes to your total grooming time until your pet is able to handle a full session.

Know the basics of pet first-aid if you have a pet in your family. Being able to react quickly in an emergency, such as your pooch being bitten by a snake, can mean the difference between life and death. Read a good book on the subject or ask your vet to brief you on the basics.

If you do not have any ear cleaner solution on hand, you can use a baby wipe instead. Simply wrap it around the tip of your finger and wipe the inside of the ear’s surface. Only go as far as your finger can easily fit. Do not use Q-tips as they can injure the ear.

Some pets are more likely to suffer from health problems and so you should know what to look out for in your pet. If you don’t know the type of pet he is, research it so you will know the type of problems your pet could have. Talk to the vet to find out what you are able to do to assist your pet in beating the prognoses of his breed.