Healthy and Happy Pets
In any type of emergency, being prepared with the supplies you need and knowing how to respond can greatly increase your chance of having a positive outcome. It will be easier to recognize what is abnormal for your pet if you familiarize yourself with what is normal. Observe how your pet breathes, eats, drinks, walks and eliminates so you will be sensitive to changes that may indicate a problem. Have your pet examined thoroughly by a veterinarian at least once a year. The American Red Cross has a safety series that includes First Aid for Pets. It is a very well written and inexpensive guide for pet owners and features a DVD that helps you build skills easily so you can provide your pet with many types of emergency first aid including CPR. This is available online @ www.redcross.org/store. Use the same common sense with your pet as you do with all your family members and protect them from household dangers such as cleaning fluids, human medicines and poisonous plants.
Pet overpopulation is like a disease-it kills millions of animals each year. Please consider spaying or neutering your pet. Not only will this help solve the pet overpopulation problem, the American Veterinary Medical Association and other agree that the procedure is safe for your pet and even has health and behavioral benefits. When performed at an early age, spaying and neutering can eliminate many cancers and diseases in both sexes. Pets who have had this procedure are generally better, more affectionate companions. They are less likely to wander, spray and mark territory, or become aggressive. Contrary to what some believe, they do not automatically become fat and lazy. A very important part of being a loving pet owner is to be a responsible one too.
All of us plan for our children’s future in case of our own demise. It is an unpleasant thing to plan, but very necessary. Always consider your pet under such circumstances and plan for their future also.
The same responsibility that inspires you to help your pet when something is wrong is equally important in providing him a life that is full of good health and happiness. In return, your pet will enrich your life with immeasurable love and unconditional devotion.