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!