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All About

PETS

MARCH 2019

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What is the right type of pet for your family?

to find one that’s compatible with your existing Welcoming a pet into one’s life can be a reanimals. warding experience. Pets promote compassion The American Veterinary Medical Foundation and discipline in their owners, and their compansays to carefully consider if you can provide the ionship can be incredibly rewarding. They also amount of attention your pet will need. Different can be helpful tools for teaching children responspecies and breeds require various amounts of sibility. care. A ferret or hamster may be self-sufficient Pets require commitment, patience and finanmost of the day, while a boisterous puppy will not cial investment. Potential pet owners also need to be. People who travel frequently or are out of the understand just what they’re getting into when house most of the day will have to keep this in they decide to bring a pet home. Certain animals mind as well. require a greater level of attention than others, Affordability is another factor to consider. Asand some pets might not be the right fit for all insess whether you have the money necessary to volved. After all, a pet is not a temporary playoffer shelter, recreation, medical care, food, exmate, but a long-term family member who will ercise, and socialization for this particular pet. If require considerable love and attention. you cannot budget for a pet that has a lot of needs, Prospective pet owners should consider various look for one that has relatively inexpensive care factors to help them find the pet that suits their requirements, like a fish. families. Remember that some animals can live many Decide if you want a young pet or prefer an years, while others have a relatively short life older animal, each of which has its advantages span. Factor this into your decision as well. Once and disadvantages. While puppies and kittens can be attractive, they require extra time and care upon being welcomed into a home, and that can you make the commitment to the pet, it’s unfair to surrender an animal simply because you failed be rough if young children are in the home and not accustomed to pets and their unique behav- to recognize the time and energy required to take care of it. For more assistance choosing a pet, speak with a trusted veterinarian or animal expert about the iors. In such instances, an older established animal may be a better fit, especially if you can devote the time to retraining the animal to your preferences. If you already have pets, you’ll need traits of certain animals and breeds up for consideration.

5 benefits to spaying or neutering your pets

One of the most important aspects of welcoming a pet into a home is to be a responsible part owner. Responsible pet ownership involves providing for the animal’s physical and emotional needs, making sure to keep the pet out of danger and providing love, affection and training. Responsible pet ownership also includes a commitment to maintaining a reasonable pet population. Due to unchecked breeding, shelters are bursting at the seams with animals who have been found stray or were turned over by owners who are unable to care for them. The ASPCA says millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays every year. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters. Neutering, also known as spaying and neutering, can help keep animal numbers in check. American Humane says spaying is a general term used to describe the ovariohysterectomy of a female animal. Neutering is a general term used to describe the castration of a male animal. However, neutering is often used in reference to both genders. Veterinarians perform these surgeries, which often result in the same-day release of pets if there have been no complications. Many shelters require adoptable animals be neutered before they can be released to a new family. Pet owners can work with veterinarians to determine the best age for sterilization. There are many great reasons to neuter pets that go beyond reducing overpopulation. • Improves animal health: Spaying can help prevent uterine infections and breast cancer in female pets. Neutering males can prevent testicular cancer. • Reduces unwanted marking/mating behavior: Female pets advertise that they are ready to reproduce by leaving scents (urinating), barking, meowing, and being more agitated during breeding season. Spaying can reduce these inclinations. • Reduces the need to roam: Male animals will travel near or far to find a female. Once on the prowl, the animal runs the risks of injury from altercations with other animals as well as traffic. Such animals also may get lost. • Responsible breeding: American Humane says 25 percent of shelter dogs are purebreds. Responsible purebred breeders have homes lined up before they breed. There’s no need to mate purebreds simply for the sake of continuing the lineage. • Improved behavior: The ASPCA says a male pet might be less likely to mount other pets, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering as well. Neutering is a smart choice. After the surgery takes place, give the pet a quiet, safe place to recover and inhibit jumping or running for a few weeks. Also, try to keep him or her from licking the wounds. When the vet gives a clean bill of health, pets can resume living full, happy lives.

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Pet poisons that may be lurking in your home

One of the best things prospective pet owners can do before welcoming new pets into their families is to conduct a poison audit throughout their homes. Pets are often vulnerable to common household items that may not pose a threat to adults. That’s especially true for curious pets anxious to explore their new surroundings. The Pet Poison Helpline, a licensed animal poison control center dedicated to preventing poisonrelated injuries, illnesses and fatalities to pets, offers this room-by-room breakdown to help existing and potential pet owners find items around the house that could pose a threat to their furry friends.

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• Automotive fluids, including antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, motor oil, and gasoline • Ice melt products • Lawn and garden products, including weed killer, grub and snail bait and rodenticides Laundry rooms • Paint • Fabric softener • Glue • Bleach • Mothballs • Detergents, including detergent pods • Fertilizers • Dryer sheets • Bone, blood and feather meal • Plants Bathrooms • Insecticides • Medications, including prescription drugs • Compost and over-the-counter drugs • Caffeine pills Kitchen • Drain and toilet cleaners • Chocolate • Ammonia • Macadamia nuts • Bleach • Grapes, raisins and currants • Inhalers • Onions, garlic and chives • Lime and rust removers • Caffeinated products, such as coffee and tea • Cough drops • Chicken bones • Fatty scraps Living room • Unbaked yeast bread dough • Plants • Alcohol • Liquid potpourri • Table salt • Devices, including smartphones • Kitchen cleaning products • Batteries, such as those inside remote controls Various products around the house can pose a threat to the health of pets. Make products as inaccessible to curious pets as possible by keeping them locked away when not in use. More information about protecting pets is available at www.petpoisonhelpline.com.

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Changes to expect as cats age

Dogs are widely referred to as “man’s best friend,” and few dog owners can imagine life without their beloved pups. But Fido’s feline counterparts are incredibly popular as well. According to estimates from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, somewhere between 74 million and 96 million cats are owned in the United States, putting cats on par with dogs (the ASPCA estimates Americans own between 70 million and 80 million dogs). Cats are also quite popular in Canada. The 2014 market research report titled “Canadian Pet Market Outlook,” which examined pet ownership and pet trends throughout Canada, reported that there are 7.9 million cats in The Great White North, which is also home to 5.9 million dogs. Many prospective pet owners feel that caring for cats must be easier than caring for dogs. Cats do not need daily walks to stay happy and healthy, and many cats do not crave attention as much as their canine counterparts. But caring for cats is not always so simple, especially as cats grow older. The American Association of Feline Practitioners notes that some cats age faster than others. But older cats are often classified into three groups:

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• Mature or middle-aged: 7 to 10 years (44 to 56 years for humans) • Senior: 11 to 14 years (60 to 72 years for humans) • Geriatric: 15-plus years (76-plus years for humans) Though this might surprise some people, the AAFP notes that many cats can live well into their geriatric years, some even reaching their early twenties. Owners of geriatric cats may need to be extra diligent when caring for their felines, as cats often experience significant changes in their health and behavior as they age. It’s important for cat owners to take their cats for routine veterinary checkups regardless of their cats’ ages, but such appointments are especially necessary for aging cats. Because cats tend to require less attention than dogs, it can be harder for cat owners to notice changes in health or behavior in aging cats than they might notice with aging dogs. Routine vet visits can ensure that age-related health conditions don’t go undiagnosed, and such visits may even help to delay the onset of certain problems. The AAFP recommends that healthy older cats be examined by their veterinarians every six months. While that may seem frequent, six months for older cats is roughly equivalent to two years for human beings, and that’s plenty of time for cats’ health to change dramatically. In between vet visits, cat owners can look for the following changes that cats often undergo as they age, calling their cats’ vets immediately if any of these signs appear to be having any adverse effects on the cat. • Altered sleep-wake cycle • Changes in vision • Appearance of brown spots in the iris • Decreased sense of smell • Brittle nails • Decreased lung reserve • Heart or circulatory problems • Decreased ability to digest foods and absorb nutrients • Loose skin • Reduced ability to handle stress • Changes in behavior • Changes in mobility

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Making vet visits easier on your feline friend

Some pets handle trips to the veterinarian better than others. Animals used to car trips or spending ample time among other animals might not hesitate to get in the car for routine vet visits, while pets that don’t often socialize with other animals may be more resistant when it’s time for their routine medical checkups. Frisky felines may experience some anxiety when leaving the house, and that anxiety may only increase upon arriving at the vet’s office. While cats may never be excited by trips to the vet, the American Association of Feline Practitioners offers the following advice to cat owners who want to make their cats’ vet visits go as smoothly as possible. • Make the carrier a place cats can feel comfortable in. The AAFP advises that cat owners should always transport their cats in a carrier so trips are as safe as possible. Place a small blanket or toy inside, and keep the carrier in an area of your home where cats feel comfortable. Doing so encourages cats to see the carrier as a safe haven. If they do, then they will be less likely to resist their owners’ efforts to get them into the carrier in advance of their vet visits. Another way to make the carrier more inviting is to spray the carrier with Feliway® roughly 30 minutes before the cat needs to enter the carrier. Feliway simulates cat pheromones and can make a cat feel more comfortable about entering the carrier. Covering carriers with towels also may soothe cats’ anxiety, preventing them from seeing the unfamiliar. • Give yourself time to get cats ready to go. It can take time to get cats on board with the idea of getting into their carriers. Allow yourself enough time to calmly get your cat into its carrier. Rushing things may only increase the cat’s existing anxiety, and that can create problems at the vet’s office and set a bad precedent for future visits. • Keep cats in their carriers upon arriving at the veterinarian’s office. Do not remove cats from their carriers while sitting in the vet’s waiting room. Instead, keep cats in their carriers, maintaining eye contact and speaking to them in soft tones to calm their nerves. • Prepare for the vet visit in advance. The more time cats spend in the vet’s office, the more restless they may become. Save time and reduce the chances your cat will suffer an anxiety attack by preparing for the visit in advance. Prepare a list of questions for the vet and write down any abnormalities regarding your frisky friend’s behavior when applicable. If your vet is willing, you may even want to email him or her such questions and concerns in advance of the visit. Doing so can save you and the vet some time, while also reducing the amount of time your cat spends out of its comfort zone. Cats may be hesitant to leave their homes, but cat owners can take several steps to make vet visits more pleasant.

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