Celebrate Your Pet

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February is Responsible Pet Owners’ Month─a great time to celebrate the special bond companion animals and their owners so often share. Did you know that several studies have linked pet ownership with numerous benefits, including improvements in mental, social, and physical health? Clearly, pets enrich our lives. Here are 5 ways to show your pet how much you care:

Be sure your pet been spayed or neutered
The Humane Society of the United States estimates up to eight million cats and dogs end up in animal shelters every year, with many put down as a result. This sad situation can be minimized by responsible pet owners. Spaying and neutering not only helps control animal population, it can also protect dogs and cats from various diseases.

Feed your pet a nutritious, well-balanced diet
High-quality food options abound for dogs, cats and other pets─even organic and holistic choices.
A proper diet will help keep your pet healthy and vibrant, with a robust immune system and energy to spare. Pet vitamins may be helpful as well.

Invite your pet to exercise
Most dogs love taking walks, in fact, they may beat you to the door if they hear the leash jangling. Though you may be tired after work, daily exercise is important for animals─and for you. Research shows that pet owners tend to be trimmer and more fit than non-owners. A 30-min. daily walk with your pup will measurably benefit you both.

Keep your pet clean and well groomed
Most dogs enjoy being brushed and groomed. Naturally, some breeds require more care than others, especially long haired dogs and/or those that shed frequently. Bathe your dog as needed, keep nails trimmed, ears clean, and teeth free from plaque and tartar. Your companion will appreciate it.

Protect your companion animal
You can reduce the odds of losing your pet by ensuring he has updated identification tags on his collar. Dogs in particular can lose their tags, so check them periodically. Microchipping is another protective measure, so that in the event of loss, your pet will be returned to you rather than the pound.

While pets do require considerable care, true animal lovers will be rewarded on a daily basis by the gratitude of their devoted, loyal companions.

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