7 Essential Tips For College Pet Parents

7 Essential Tips For College Pet Parents

These will save you money and ensure your pet is safe, healthy and happy.
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There is probably a small amount of us who own a pet during college. What we don't know is the stress of having a pet in college is until we actually do it. As pet parents, we have to make sure our pets are well-looked after before we go out on a night on the town. Here are some valuable and highly useful tips that new pet owners in college can use and apply to their daily life. These will help make life flow without any stress.

1. Get your pet on a schedule.

Doing this helps your pet know what is coming next. They'll know when to go outside, when they'll get dinner, and when they get to go to the dog park. They'll be on your daily schedule. This is how it is with my dog, and it makes life so easy.

2. Keep their things organized.

You can easily make a bin for your pet that will hold their leash, poop bags, medicines, and any other essentials you have in your home. You can simply take a plastic bin and personalize it with puffy paint from the craft store. A once-simple plastic bin is now your pet's storage bin.

3. Join a monthly vet program like MyBanfield.

This is a must for college students to have for their pets because it saves so much money on vet bills. MyBanField has a monthly charge, but it covers things such as vaccines, bloodwork, urinalysis, and many other things.

4. Have a list posted in your home of a kennel and an emergency vet.

If you get in a car accident, or something else equally dangerous, and your roommate can't take care of your pet, they can take them to a kennel where they'll look after them. Just make sure you keep an emergency stash of food and such so that they can grab it. An emergency vet is good to have in case they get hit by a car and you're not the one home.

5. Have extras of everything. LITERALLY EVERYTHING.

In all honesty, it's better safe than sorry. You don't want to take your dog to the vet while using the belt of your bathrobe as a leash, do you?

6. Do all the grooming yourself.

We're all poor college students. However, you can save about $30 a month by bathing your dog and trimming their nails yourself. A pair of nail clippers go a long way, and shampoo is less than $20. Plus, you get to bond with your dog over bath time, even if they hate bath time.

7. Get some connections.

If you have friends that have dogs, see if they want to take turns taking the dogs to the dog park. You can take them one day, and they could take them the next day. They also come in handy if you need a pet-sitter.

Cover Image Credit: Sophia Camaya

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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