It is National Pet Week and pet guardians nationwide are celebrating the joys of animal companionship. Recent advancements in animal welfare means that more and more people are welcoming pets into their home.
The benefits of making an animal part of your family include improvements to your physical and emotional health by bringing warmth and laughter into your home. In honor of our pets, past, present, and future, we have put together 5 ideas on how to show your pets you love them!!
-GET MORE EXERCISE. Incorporate more play time into your routine for you and your pet. Start with trying a new activity or switch up the route on your daily walks. Don’t forget, cats and other small critters need exercise too! There are many toys and habitat accessories to promote health and wellness for animals of all types.
-TEACH AN OLD DOG A NEW TRICK. It’s never too late to teach your pet a new trick and your animal will enjoy the attention. Spending time with your animal learning something new helps improve communication, builds trust, and deepens the bond between you and your pet.
-PRACTICE GOOD ORAL HYGIENE. All animals need an owner attentive to their pets oral health. Just like humans, diet is important to the oral health of animals, ask your veterinarian the best way to keep your pets mouth healthy and fresh!
-SET A DATE WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN. Getting your pet an annual check up is a great way to keep your loved ones healthy and happy. Not only are regular vet visits essential to ensuring your pet lives a long and healthy life but preemptive care can help decrease the chance of future health problems.
-MAKE NEW FRIENDS. Dogs need to be socialized with other dogs on a regular basis. Find a new dog park or dog friendly beach to explore - you may even make a new friend too! Socialization helps build confidence and results in a pet with a calmer temperament than those who are not socialized.
-SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET. Part of being a responsible pet owner is making sure your animal is spayed or neutered. Pet overpopulation is the main cause of animal suffering nationwide. For more information on our low cost spay and neuter options please call the shelter at 805-646-6505 and be part of the solution!
-GROOM YOUR PET ON A REGULAR BASIS. Just like you, your pet feels good when they look good. Make sure your animal is free from mats, overgrown toenails, yeasty ears, itchy eyes, and more. Routine care and maintenance will significantly improve your pet’s mood and overall quality of life.
-BE A HERO. If you notice any neglected or abused animals in your neighborhood, call your local shelter or police department immediately. You have the power to help an animal in distress! If you can help even one animal who has fallen though the cracks escape a painful life, it is worth it.
-HELP A LESS-FORTUNATE ANIMAL. Remember that not all animals are as lucky as yours. Not all animals have regular meals, veterinary care, someone who loves them and will play with them, a home to call their own. Donate funds, supplies, or volunteer a few hours a week at your local animal shelter.
To celebrate National Pet Week we are offering free pet ID's and low cost microchipping. Stop by the shelter or call 805-646-6505 for details!