Think your four-legged friend has no impact on your health? Think again. Just owning a pet can improve your overall health and wellness. For instance, having a dog can help increase your physical activity. A pet can also reduce stress and even boost your children’s immunity.
Watch the following video from eCards for Health to learn more about the health benefits of owning a pet,
Responsible Pet OwnershipOf course, owning a pet comes with responsibility. As your pet’s presence benefits your wellbeing, it’s important to return the favor by ensuring that they’re healthy too. Check out the following tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy.
Toxic Eats: What’s Good for Humans May Not Be Good for PetsA big step toward ensuring your stays healthy is making sure that toxic foods, chemicals and plants are out of their reach.
FoodsOur 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:
PlantsWhile having plants and pets in your home can be beneficial to your health, 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.
Children and Pet SafetyOwning a pet isn’t always fun and games; you have to remember that they are still animals. Because of this, take precautions when young children are around animals who bite. Teaching young children how to behave around animals as well as training animals how to behave around kids will have positive effects for all.The following tips can help to keep both children and pets safe and healthy.
Training Your Pet to Interact with ChildrenOf course, children aren’t the only ones who can learn how to behave in these situations. Your family pet can be trainedto deal with young children. Whether you’re inviting a new pet to join the family or expecting a new baby , the following can help your transition go smoothly. (Note: 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 information. 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!
Most recent update: 9/30/2017
Sources: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), American Veterinary Medical Association, The Humane Society of the United States
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