Tips for You and Your Pet
Pets are domesticated animals, and need proper care. They depend on us not only for love and attention, but for shelter, food, and care as well. Here are our Top 5 Tips for pet care, which will keep you and your pet healthy and happy!
Life Changes - Significant changes in your life will impact your pet. We often have people wanting to surrender a pet due to a move, a baby, or financial changes. However, our pets are adaptable, and with a little understanding, planning, and, in some instances, professional guidance, these life changes can be easily managed for you and your pet.
Prevention is Cheaper than Curing - Many problems pets experience can be prevented. By spending a few extra dollars on preventative measures, you may save yourself significant costs in medical treatment, and may save your pet's life. Treat your house and yard for fleas and ticks, keep your pets on preventative medications, and if your pet's behavior changes, such as lethargy, vomiting, or changes in urination habits, contact your vet. Usually, animals change their behavior due to either a medical problem or a change in environment.
Play with your pet! - After a rough day, we have our friends or loved ones to complain to, go out with, or get support from. But, in most instances, all your pet has is you. Some exercise or quality play time will give your pet an outlet for energy, and will make you feel better as well. Plus, exercise is just as important for health reasons for dogs and cats as it is for humans.
Safe Environment - Just like kids, pets can get into trouble too. Pet-proof your house and yard to keep cats and dogs from getting into chemicals, foods, or plants that they shouldn't. Keep cats and dogs indoors, and make sure all pets have tags with your name and phone number. Additionally, consider microchipping your pet in the event their collar comes off.
Care for them to the end - Make sure arrangements are made in the event you are not able to care for your pet anymore. Many pets in shelters are older animals who are nearing the end of their life, sometimes taken there because the owner could not or would not pay for more expensive care for a senior pet. Not only are senior animals unlikely to get adopted, but a shelter situation, especially after being with a family, is very stressful. If you outlive them, be humane to your pet through the end - take them to your vet, and be there to provide comfort and love in their final moments.