1.) How much should you feed your pet to make sure they don’t get over weight?
The AVERAGE dog needs 1 cup per 15-20# of body weight per day. This amount is effected by breed of dog, type of food and how active the dog is. It is a good idea to routinely weigh your dog, this could be a "fun" visit to the vet- just a weight and no injections. Then adjust the amount of food as needed. Also, just like the owners, keep track of how much snacking occurs. This can add "forgotten calories".
2.) How often should you exercise your pet?
The amount of exercise depends on the breed of dog and your lifestyle. A marathon runner should not choose a Bulldog as a jogging companion. So, choose the breed wisely and let the dog tell you how much is right.
3.) When is it too cold to let your pet outside?
Your pet has fur. It is never too cold to go outside, just may be too cold for a long time outside. If it is too cold for you to be outside longer than 3-5 minutes, then use this rule for your pet.
4.) What kinds of pet foods are the best quality for cats and dogs?
There is no perfect diet for every pet. You do get what you pay for based on nutritional availability and digestibility. This means the better quality foods are digested easier, and absorbed better. This means there is less stool, the pet eats less so probably will cost you less in the long run based on how much your pet needs to eat.
5.) Should you brush your pet’s teeth? If so, how often?
Dental care is very important, and mostly overlooked. Ideally, start training your puppy at a young age to have its teeth brushed. Make it fun! Then brush your pet's teeth at least three times weekly. Ideally, everyday would be best but busy lives do not allow this. Also, look into the dental treats and flushes to help maintain your pet's oral health. There are many great products available, check with your veterinarian.