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Of course, owning a pet comes with responsibility. And just as your pet gifts you with lots of healthy benefits, it’s important to return the favor. Here are ways you can help keep your pets happy and healthy.
Food is love for many of us, Still, human diets are very different from our pets' diets. Many foods that taste good to us can be lethal for pets. Make a note of these no-nos for your family pet.
Some plants can pose serious health problems for pets – especially dogs and cats who like to chew. To be safe, do a little research before you buy any plant. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) maintains a list of toxic and non-toxic plants.
Here are a few from the list you need to know:
If you have a pet who has consumed a toxic food or plant, call your veterinarian right away.
Owning a pet isn’t always fun and games. Remember your pet is still an animal. Take precautions when young children are around animals who bite. Teaching young children how to behave around animals and animals how to behave around kids is good for everyone. Use these tips to help keep children and pets safe and healthy.
Whether you’re inviting a new pet to join your family or expecting a new baby, a little preparation can make the transition go more smoothly. If you are expecting, start several months before the baby is born.
Finally, talk with your veterinarian if you have questions or any concerns about your pet’s behavior. As animal experts, vets want to help ensure your pet’s wellbeing.
What pets do you have? Tell us your best pet story in the comments below!
Originally published August 25, 2015; Revised 2017, 2021, 2023
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