K9 and Feline Tips For the New Year!
- Be sure your pets are current on vaccinations. This will prevent illness and the spread of illness and keep your pet healthy.
- If your pets are not on heartworm preventive, make sure to have them tested for heartworms and begin the monthly preventive.
- Be sure your pets have proper identification should they get lost. A collar with a tag including your name, address and phone number, you should also have current rabies tags on your animals.
- Consider having your pets microchipped. This is a simple, non-surgical procedure that will ensure your pets return if it winds up in an animal shelter, veterinary hospital or clinic.
- If you haven’t already, get your pets spayed or neutered. This will prevent pet overpopulation and reduce the chances for cancer in both males and females, as well as eliminate your pets urge to roam and mark.
- Measure Your Pets Food – Every Time!…Many owners “eyeball” their pets daily intake and pour that into a bowl, usually resulting in overfeeding and weight gain. The recommended feeding guidelines on the bag are good place to start to figure out how much your pet really needs. Older pets and those who have been neutered usually have lower energy needs than young, intact animals.
- Daily tooth-brushing is the best way to keep tartar and plaque at bay — just be sure to use a toothpaste meant for dogs and cats. Water additives, dental diets, and treats designed to reduce tartar can also be a helpful tool in keeping teeth clean. And even with all of these tricks, regular cleanings by a licensed veterinarian are the best way to keep those pearly whites in tip top shape long into your pet’s senior years.
- You think you want a new pet, but you’re not 100 percent sure it’s right for you? Try pet fostering because many animal shelters and rescues need loving homes to provide safe and temporary living arrangements for pets. It’s the perfect way to test the waters of pet ownership without the lifelong commitment, since you are simply hosting a pet while they wait for their forever home. Who knows? That home just might end up being yours.
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