Our pets are inquisitive and curious by nature, its one of the things as owners we find so endearing. But there can come an occasion where our little fur babies can wander a little too far for their own good or our liking. One good way to increase the chances of being reunited with our pets that have run away, gotten lost, or even stolen, is to have them micro-chipped. Micro-chipping has grown increasingly popular in recent years because it’s a relatively inexpensive procedure that can help save a pet’s life. Micro-chipping involves implanting a small device into the scruff of an animal’s neck. When scanned, it identifies the pet’s unique ID number, allowing them to be traced back to their rightful owner.
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.
The miniature poodle is one of the most regal breeds. Standing at 10-15 inches and weighing roughly between 10-15 pounds they emit grace and elegance and are true aristocrats of the doggie world. The mini poodle has a graceful, small to medium sized frame with a rounded head and long muzzle, with oval eyes and close hanging ears. They have docked tails (optional) and compact, webbed feet. The coat is sometimes curly, sometimes corded or ribbed, and can be any solid color. There are many breed clips, but they are shown in a continental clip, but for pets the clip is based on owner preference. They are smart, small and compact so they’re also ideal for any environment and their friendly, loyal disposition, plus low-allergen coat make them especially suitable for seniors and children.
The Chihuahua: A Small Dog with a HUGE Personality!
The Chihuahua, charming, graceful and sassy! They are a member of the toy group and rank 33 out of 193 akc dog breeds. They weigh 6 lbs or less by breed standard (mixes often vary) and have an average life expectancy of 14-16 years! They are small dogs with enormous personality. The Chihuahua is a national symbol of Mexico and is one of the oldest breeds in America. The rounded apple head is a breed hallmark. They come in many colors and patterns, and there are both long hair and short hair varieties. They possess loyalty, charm, and believe they are much larger in stature than they really are. They are clever, so they require training as puppies. Their size and demeanor make them ideal city or country companions.