Top 9 Tips for Pet Owners
- Have your cat or dog spayed or neutered. There are numerous health benefits such as the reduced risk of uterine infections, breast cancer, & testicular cancer. There are also behavioral advantages such as decreased aggression and desire to roam. Having your animal neutered is also better for the environment, as it reduces the pet overpopulation problem. Stray animals suffer unnecessarily and pose a health threat.
- Consider keeping your cats indoors. Indoor cats can live an average of 9 years longer than outdoor cats. When kept inside, cats are not exposed to the threat of diseases like feline leukemia, feline AIDS, and rabies. Outdoor cats also face predators, such as dogs, coyotes, raccoons, and even some people. Keeping your cat indoors also benefits wildlife, since cats kill 500 million birds per year, according to the American Bird Conservancy.
- If you’re a hamster owner, be aware that some mature hamsters are social and enjoy the company of another hamster. But other mature hamsters are territorial and will fight each other. If you have multiple hamsters, it’s best to house them together when they are young, before puberty, to avoid more aggressive tendencies.
- Pet identification is one of the most important steps in keeping your animal safe. A microchip is an easy and inexpensive way to ensure your lost animal makes his way back to you. ID tags are also essential.
- Use biodegradable poop bags when scooping your dog’s waste. Plastic bags don’t break down in a landfill. According to scientist Will Brinton, dogs and cats in the U.S. alone create 10 million tons of waste per year. You can also reduce your dog’s carbon paw print by walking him to the park instead of driving. It’s good for your health and great for the environment!
- Use natural pet care and cleaning products. Purchase shampoos that have natural ingredients and are free of phosphates, sulfates, & other harmful chemicals. Many natural cleaners contain enzymes and essential oils that have natural disinfectant properties, like lavender, lemon, tea tree oil, rosemary, & eucalyptus. Natural products are better for our pets and the environment.
- Oral health, oral health, oral health! We can’t emphasize enough how important your pet’s dental health is. Dental care is an essential aspect of whole body wellness. Poor oral health can lead to serious bacterial infections in the mouth & can even result in problems with the heart, kidneys, & joints. Teeth brushing & regular dental check-ups are essential for oral health.
- If you’re a Guinea Pig lover, be aware that Vitamin C deficiency is common in Guinea Pigs. Scurvy is a common ailment in Guinea Pigs and can be prevented by feeding your Guinea Pig fresh fruit and vegetables. You can also provide Vitamin C in supplement form.
- Always provide your pets with fresh, clean water. Feed them high-quality food without artificial colors or preservatives. Keep in mind that each animal is wonderfully unique, with his or her own physical and emotional needs. Your veterinarian team can assist you in finding the best wellness program for your pet.