Here are some tips to help you take good care of your furry friends.
- Chemicals like antifreeze and road salt can be potentially hazardous to your pets. When you come indoors with your dog make sure to wipe off his/her paws, legs and stomachs to avoid your pet ingesting these chemicals or causing contact skin irritations.
- Exercise is just as important for animals as it is for people. It’s necessary for physical, mental and emotional health. Exercise and play lets off steam, frustration, and energy while teaching important lessons about how to interact with people and other dogs. Puppies usually fall down exhausted after about 20 minutes. Young puppies should be allowed to exercise until they are tired. Older pups probably need 3 sessions of about 30 minutes each day.
- This shouldn’t be surprising – secondhand smoke is bad for your pets. It can cause asthma, bronchitis, lymphoma and oral, nasal and lung cancers. The best case scenario for you and your pet is to quit smoking, but at the very least, avoid smoking around your pet.
- To prevent destructive behavior, puppies and dogs should be provided with 2-3 safe toys. If he chews something inappropriate, say, “leave it” and substitute it with one of his toys. Then praise him for taking the correct item.
- Dental disease is one of the most common preventable illnesses in pets. According to pets.webmd.com, an estimated 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of dental disease by age 3, leading to abscesses, loose teeth, and chronic pain. Experts recommend getting regular dental cleanings by your vet as well as learning about brushing techniques, oral rinses and dental treats.