MAKE EXERCISE A WALK IN THE PARK
As the weather warms up in most parts of the country, you are likely looking forward to getting out and walking your pup. After all, exercise is great for your pet for some of the same reasons it’s great for you: improved circulation, weight management, heart health, and mental stimulation. Keep these tips in mind to make the most of all your spring outings.
CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTE so neither of you get bored with the same old routine. You can even drive to a new location (such as a park or trail) and start there.
WALK WHEN YOU WAKE UP to tire your dog out before you head to work. He’ll feel less anxious when you leave, and probably take a nap.
CONSIDER VISITING AN INDOOR WALKING AREA, such as a pet-friendly mall, if the weather proves challenging.
INVEST IN A PET STROLLER for older dogs who still need the benefits of exercise but who might not be able to walk long distances all at once. This way, they can alternate between walking and riding.
PUT SAFETY FIRST and use a harness rather than a standard leash and collar; a harness doesn’t strain or pull on the neck. For night walks, get a reflective strip or light for her collar. Source: Sergeant’s Pet Care Products Whether it’s a scary storm, an accident, or an evacuation situation, there is often little time to think during emergencies. Here’s how to prepare now and avoid added stress.
1. Update contact information or microchip.
2. Prepare a “Pet Emergency Go Kit” that includes first-aid supplies, a three-day supply of pet food and bottled water, a safety harness and leash, waste cleanup supplies, medications and medical records, a contact list of veterinarian and pet-care organizations, information on your pet’s feeding routine and/or behavioral issues, toys, and a blanket.
3. Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window so first responders will know there is a pet in the house.
4. Learn your pet’s favorite hiding spots— if you need to evacuate, this will help you move more quickly.
5. Identify an evacuation location. Some disaster shelters may not be open to pets, so scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies or ask friends and relatives if they could house you and your pet in the case of an emergency.
6. Carry a picture of your pet separated.
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7. Purchase a reliable pet carrier small pets. Source: Hill’s Pet Nutrition
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The age at which a cat can become pregnant. “Kitten season” starts in the spring, with their offspring often flooding animal shelters and rescue groups. Add a fluffy friend to your family by checking out your local shelter. Source: The Humane Society of the United States Planting rosemary in your garden keeps flea and tick invasions to a minimum— without causing harm to you, your pet, or the environment.