- Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters of puppies or kittens.
- When adopting a new puppy, enroll in training classes to head off behavioral issues.
- Learn how to prevent dog bites and how to train your pet not to bite.
- Educate children on how to interact with dogs and cats.
- Teach children not to tease dogs and cats or chase strays and ferals.
- If your pet does have behavioral problems realize they can be health-related. A complete annual medical exam conducted by your veterinarian will prevent such issues or resolve them quickly.
- Make sure collars are in good shape with up-to-date identification tags to enable your pet's return if lost.
- Consider a microchip as an extra measure of protection.
- Develop and implement a plan that includes your pet's needs in the event of a natural disaster.
- Put together a pet first aid kit for emergencies.
- Designate a family member or friend to take care of your pet in the event of a personal medical emergency until you are able to resume responsibility for your pet.
- Have your pet included in your will. Set aside money for their care and designate a caretaker willing to care for your pet for the remainder of your pet's life.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A SIMPLE TO DO LIST FOR SUMMER
Summer is fast approaching and here is a general check list of items to address for our pets health, safety and well-being:
Following this simple list will give you peace of mind and provide a good measure of security, safety and care for your pets, family and friends.