Top Ten Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe, Healthy and Happy

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I got an email from My Hollywood Pets, offering up these top ten tips for keeping your pet safe, healthy and happy! Enjoy (and thanks, Hollywood Pets)!

Our pets are like parts of our family. No matter what’s going on in our lives, they’re always affectionate and happy to see us. Since they can’t tell us what they need, it’s our job to ensure they have long, happy lives by taking the best possible care of them. These ten steps are a great start:

10. Choose nutritious food and measure it carefully to avoid overfeeding.

9. Maintain a consistent exercise schedule. Pet obesity can cause serious health problems and shorten their life spans.

8. Don’t feed your pet “people food” that could make him sick.

7. See your veterinarian regularly for preventive care, including dental work and physical exams. This way you can catch a problem before it turns into something serious.

6. Get all required vaccinations to prevent serious diseases (cat vaccinations are different from dog vaccinations).

5. Engage with your pet for mental stimulation. Play with toys and get outside whenever you can.

4. Keep your home safe. Keep toxic cleaners and cables out of reach, avoid plants that are poisonous to cats, and gate off the stairs if your pet’s still young.

3. Supervise your pet outdoors. He could get loose of your yard, get into pesticides in the garden, or catch something from a stray animal.

2. Watch for signs of illness. Look for changes in appetite, attitude, and energy.

1. Spay and neuter your pet. Spaying removes the ovaries and uterus, and neutering removes the testicles. These procedures eliminate the desire to wander in search of a partner and also prevent certain diseases.


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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.

3 Comments

  1. Great tips. I think it’s especially important in the winter months to make sure that your pet is staying active – it’s easy for us owners to get lazy when it’s cold outside, but your pet needs the same amount of exercise no matter what the season. So bundle up and take your pup for a nice long walk in the snow!

  2. I had seen this post elsewhere before and it really is a great list of items to make sure of as a pet owner, but there’s one pretty important item missing from the list: Flea and Tick control. It may go without saying, but it’s worth mentioning at least for first-time pet owners. A lot of pets do very well with Frontline Plus Flea and tick control, which is something that can’t be said of all similar products… Some have been known to be very harmful.

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