All pet-owners want the best for their furry friends. It’s important to keep your pets healthy and happy, and the best way to do so is by educating yourself on their health and needs. Be aware of common hazards located around your home, especially poisonous plants. Good nutrition, daily play, and exercise are also important factors to your pet’s overall health and happiness. From early life to old age, they are specific health concerns to be aware of and pet ownership necessities like training. Your pet will appreciate your efforts to learn more about their health.
Household Hazards to Pets
- Pet Care: Household Hazards: AVMA shares the foods, chemicals, medications, and other household items that can cause potential harm to a pet.
- Cats: Ten Common Household Hazards: For the cat-lovers, PetMD shares ten common hazards for cats that can be found in the home. Cats can be awfully curious, roaming about the house and finding themselves in the tiniest nooks and crannies: Being aware of these ten items will prolong a cat’s life and keep cat owners from terrible heartache.
- Intended for Pets But Still Dangerous: The Humane Society shares items that are intended for pets but can pose a potential health risk to an animal.
- Toxic Household Plants and Small Objects: From decorations to household ornaments, TexVetPets shares the tiny, unnoticeable objects that can pose dangers to pets.
Travel Safety for Pets
- Tips for Traveling Safely With Pets: ASPCA goes into detail about transportation methods and the steps to take before owners and pets take a trip.
- Traveling by Air With Pets: The Center for Pet Safety informs pet owners of the risks of traveling by air with a pet as well as the steps to take beforehand.
- Traveling With Pets Guide: Travel in style and comfort with this essential guide to roaming around with your furry friend.
- Domestic and Foreign Travel Policy for Pets: The Department of Agriculture lists the rules and regulations for traveling near or far with a pet.
Proper Exercise and Nutrition for Your Pet
- Exercise, Food, and Obesity Prevention for Pets: Learn how and why to select the right food and give your pet the proper exercise to keep them healthy and living longer.
- Preventing Diseases in Pets: Just like in humans, eating and exercising correctly is essential to a pet’s health. Harmony Vet Center goes into detail about the ways to prevent pet diseases through exercise and proper diet.
- Dietary Differences Between Dogs and Cats : Establishing the different needs of dogs and cats, this article clearly outlines the specific requirements of each pet.
- Dietary Tips to Help Your Chubby Kitty: Do you have one of those adorable fat cats? As cute as they can be, obesity can reduce their lifespan significantly.
Poisonous Plants for Pets
- Poisonous Plants for Pets: Pet Poison Helpline receives dozens of calls every day from worried pet owners whose pet ate a plant that could be poisonous. Here, they explain the most poisonous plants for dogs and cats.
- Keeping Pets Safe in the Garden: Know the plants to avoid growing or storing as well as the steps to take in your garden so a wandering pet doesn’t run into trouble.
- Backyard Plants to Remove: If you just moved in or just got a new furry friend, this article can help you find the plants in your backyard that can be dangerous to pets.
- Best vs. Worst Plants: Apart from learning which plants not to grow in the garden, find out which ones are pet-friendly.
Training Basics for Your New Pet
- Five Commands to Teach Your Dog Right Now: “Dog whisperer” Cesar Millan shares the five most fundamental commands a pet owner can teach to their pet at a young age.
- Different Training Methods: There are many ways to train a dog. The American Kennel Club addresses different methods of training and how to keep the dog engaged during each session here.
- How to Train Your Pet Effectively: Pedigree shares the top ten training steps that owners can take starting with the moment they walk them through the door.
- Training for Beginners: Training a new pet can be tough, especially if you are new to pet ownership.
Potentially Dangerous Items for Your Pet
- Potential Dangers and Taking Action: The U.S. Food Drug Administration lists potentially hazardous materials that can cause harm to your pets and what to do in case of an emergency.
- Common Household Poisons for Pets: Most people love grapes, but did you know they could be seriously dangerous for pets? Vet Street informs pet owners about different items that can be harmful to pets as well as the best way to respond in case of an unfortunate event.
- Dogs and Cats Should Never Eat This: Bustle shares common substances that you would think would be harmless to a pet but actually are very dangerous.
- Beware of the Garage: Many products sitting on garage shelves can hurt pets. This article lists item to avoid keeping within their reach.
Preventing Ticks on Your Pets
- Preventative Measures to Avoid Ticks: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inform pet owners about the best preventative products that can protect your pet from ticks.
- Natural Solution for Ticks: Many chemical solutions can help keep ticks away from your pet, but these three natural remedies are also worth a try.
- Finding and Removing Ticks: After a day at the lake or in the woods, make sure to follow these guidelines to check your pet for ticks and remove them.
- Step-By-Step Tick Removal and Treatment: Read a concise article on how to remove a tick successfully and how to treat the affected area here.
Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet
- Anticipate Disasters Before They Happen: Ready.gov offers information each pet owner can use to keep themselves and their pets safe.
- Plans for Natural Disasters: Learn what to do to keep your fluffy friend safe in case of a natural disaster.
- Pet Disaster Preparedness: Knowing the steps to take when a tornado, hurricane, or flood is imminent can save valuable time and keep you and your pets safe.
- Kits for Cats and Dogs: FEMA discusses the importance of having a prepared disaster kit as well as steps to take if evacuating an area.
Pet Euthanasia: How Do I Know it’s Time?
- How to Know it’s Time: American Humane lists common symptoms to look for to help you know that it’s time to let go of your pet.
- Stop Suffering Before it Happens (PDF): In this document, Ohio State University compiles a list of questions and procedures to help pet owners know when to euthanize their furry family members.
- All You Need to Know About Pet Euthanasia: This article explains euthanasia from start to finish.
- How to Euthanize Even if You Can’t Afford it: If you’re worried about not being able to afford pet euthanasia, this article can help connect you with a solution.
Miscellaneous Pet Information
- Introducing a Baby Into the Picture: Families can take steps to make sure a pet is ready for the arrival of a newborn.
- Neutering and Spaying: Find out about the benefits, cost, and myths regarding neutering or spaying a pet.
- Interesting Fact About Dogs: We all know a dog wags its tail when it is happy or excited, but did you know it has 42 teeth when it is fully grown?
- Have Your Pet Visit You in the Hospital: At some health facilities, patients are allowed to have visits from their pets, if certain requirements are met.
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