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Of course, owning a pet comes with responsibility. As your pet’s presence benefits your wellbeing, it’s important to return the favor. Check out the following tips for ways to help keep your pets happy and healthy.
Our diets differ greatly from our pets. Many foods that taste good to us may be lethal for pets. The following are a few 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. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) maintains a list of toxic and non-toxic plants.
Some common dangers:
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. Always 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 training animals how to behave around kids will be good for all. Use these tips to help keep both children and pets safe and healthy.
Whether you’re inviting a new pet to join your family or expecting a new baby, the following can help your transition go smoothly. If you are expecting, it’s a good idea to start this training several months before the baby is born.
Finally, talk with your veterinarian if you have concerns about your pet’s behavior or questions about any of the above. These experts are available to increase 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
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