This month is all about pets, big, small, furry or otherwise! There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. Most households in the United States have at least one pet. Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. In the spirit of national pet month, here’s some things we can do to pay it forward to all those wonderful pets with or without forever homes!
Shelters and rescues would love to house every homeless animal, but unfortunately, that is just not possible due to a lack of space and resources. Animals that would otherwise be euthanized can be saved by those who are willing to take them into their homes, even if its temporary. Foster homes are also a great option for animals with special needs, nursing mothers and babies, and animals that need a quiet space to heal from injury, trauma, or illness. Fostering is an amazing and rewarding experience. You can change an animals life for the better by bringing them into your home and caring for them.
Thankfully, betting on their lives is OVER- now it's time for love and freedom, with your help!
The greyhound belongs to a family of hunting dogs called sighthounds. The slender, long legged sighthound hunts by spotting movement of a prey animal across a vast distance, then running the animal down with lightning speed. They greyhound, though, is a unique sighthound developed more for track racing than for hunting. Greyhound racing is a high-stakes, brutal industry that is fortunately being banned in more and more communities.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets. It’s caused by worms (adults can reach as big as a foot in length) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets causing sever lung disease, heart failure, and can result in damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats, and ferrets. We have heard of these worms in pets- but did you know heartworms also live in many other species of mammals including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and in rare instances, humans!
Awareness is always key in prevention of emergencies, especially in the case of poison emergencies with our pets. In 2012, almost 91 percent of calls to Pet Poison Helpline involved calls involving dogs, and about half of those calls were for dogs that ingested human medications. It’s clearly wise to keep medications out of their reach, but there are many other common household substances that are toxic to dogs. Other common substances that are toxic to dogs include human foods, insecticides, rodenticides, and dietary supplements and vitamins.
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Don’t turn your nose up at Fluffy’s bad breath! Foul mouth odor is usually your first sign that your pet needs a dental check up! Poor dental health for your pet can lead to a myriad of other health issues, aside from also being generally uncomfortable. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Since we have domesticated the dog, their diet depends largely on us, and consequently, so does their dental hygiene. Daily care, as well as annual dental cleanings by a professional are just one way you can help Fluffy lead a healthier, longer life.
While walking your pet may seem healthy for obvious reasons, there’s a myriad of reasons why walking your pet is important for both you and your pet. It isn’t just about “potty breaks”, it also provides mental stimulation, physical exercise, a chance at socialization and opportunities for behavioral training. All these reasons aside, it fortifies the bond between dog and owner.