Tips to have healthy pet in the new year

Antelope Valley Press - - LOCAL - Hints from Heloise

Dear Read­ers: New year, new “leash” on life. Let’s look at what we can do to keep our pets safe and healthy in 2020:

1. Mi­crochip. Make sure it’s up to date. Col­lars and ID tags can break or fall off.

2. Spay­ing and neu­ter­ing. The stray an­i­mal pop­u­la­tion is much too high.

3. Shots. Dis­eases such as dis­tem­per and par­vovirus are pre­ventable with vac­cines. Also in­quire about booster shots.

4. An all-over phys­i­cal, some­times called a well­ness exam. Don’t wait un­til your pet is ill.

5. Den­tal health. Don’t you hate hav­ing a toothache? Your pet does too, so get the teeth checked at least once a year.

6. Fi­nally, fleas and ticks. Your pet should be on a year­round pre­ven­tive medicine.

Visit with the ve­teri­nar­ian in or­der to keep your pets in tip­top shape.

— Heloise

Pet pal

Dear Read­ers: Meet Cuan. Own­ers Robert and Mar­i­lyn in Papil­lion, Ne­braska, caught sheltie Cuan in a big smile.

To see Cuan and our other Pet Pals, visit www.Heloise. com and click on “Pet of the Week.” Do you have a funny and furry friend you’d like to share? Send a pic­ture and de­scrip­tion to [email protected]

— Heloise

Good point

Dear Heloise: More house­holds are buy­ing al­mond, soy, cashew and co­conut milks in the half-gal­lon car­tons with plastic lids on the side of the car­tons. These lids are gen­er­ally not re­cy­clable be­cause they pose a health threat of eye in­jury when they go through the ma­chines in re­cy­cling cen­ters.

My fam­ily goes through about five car­tons a week, and by the end of the year we have trashed 260 plastic lids. Please advise man­u­fac­tur­ers that we are per­fectly able to open car­tons at the top ends like we did for decades, be­fore they de­cided plastic lids provided eas­ier ac­cess. If we want to be en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, can we start with the small, at­tain­able things?

— Bernie S., Colorado Springs, Colorado Send a money-sav­ing or time­sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to [email protected] I can’t an­swer your let­ter per­son­ally but will use the best hints re­ceived in my col­umn.

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