Responsible Pet Owner’s Month
For many of us, our pets are more than just animals; they are part of the family. So in honor of Responsible Pet Owners’ Month, here are a few tips and reminders to ensure your furry friends lead a happy and healthy life.
- In the famous words of Bob Barker, “Remember to have your pet spayed or neutered.” The ASPCA estimates that five to seven million animals enter shelters nationwide each year with many facing euthanasia due to overcrowding – you don’t want to add to the problem.
- Keep up friendly relations with your vet! Be sure to schedule regular veterinary appointments for your pets. This ensures that problems can be caught before they become an issue. If you notice concerning behaviors in your pet, such as significant weight gain, weight loss, or loss of appetite, be sure to take your pet to the vet right away as this could be the sign of a serious problem.
- Feed your pet right, and be sure they get enough exercise! Remember, food does not always equal love! “Feeding an unbalanced diet or feeding to excess can be bad for your pet’s health,” according to Dr. Teresa Rieser, DACVECC. You also want to avoid feeding your pet human foods such as: grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, and foods with caffeine such as coffee or tea; as this can be poisonous to your K9 or feline companion.
We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi wish all of our readers and their furry friends a happy Responsible Pet Owners’ Month!
Deer Mating Season
This time of year marks deer mating season and we are likely to see them on the road more often than normal, especially at dawn and dusk. As a result, we should all keep our eyes peeled for these bounding animals and know what to do should we encounter them on the road.
- Don’t swerve. Notice we at Larry Jay Mitsubishi continue to emphasize slowing down rather than moving out of the deer’s way. That’s because it is better to stay in your lane and slow down than to try to change lanes or swerve around the deer. This could cause you to hit a vehicle in the lane beside you or place you in the path of oncoming traffic, causing more damage than if you were to hit the deer.
- Use your high beams. The key to avoiding a run-in with Bambi is to give yourself as much reaction time as possible. Using your high beams whenever possible will increase your chances of spotting a deer when it is still a ways from your vehicle. A deer’s eyes will reflect in the light, so even if they are still on the side of the road, you’ll have time to slow down in case they decide to dart in front of your vehicle.
- Check for more than one. Deer tend to travel together. If you see one, chances are there are others nearby. Even if the first deer has safely crossed the road, slow down in case another quickly follows.
Collisions with animals are unfortunate and we want them to be avoided. Since we know they are on the move during this season, let’s all be conscientious in watching for their beady eyes on the side of the road, ready to slow down to avoid accidents with deer.