Below I have listed my tips for all pet
owners, whether you live with a special needs pet or not. I hope you
find them useful!
Adopting a Pet - There are
millions of animals that need good homes. You can help them by
adopting pets from animal shelters or rescue groups, or supporting
groups that work to help animals, like my friends at
Regular Trips to the
Veterinarian - It's important
for pets to see the doctor regularly, just as it is for people.
Regular checkups can find little health problems before they become
big health problems, and also make sure all medications and
vaccinations are up-to-date.
Water is Important! -
It's just as important for pets to
have something to drink as it is for people. Pets should always
have fresh, clean water available.
Experience is the Best
Teacher - Pets should have
opportunities to meet many people, and other animals, when they are
young. Being introduced to different things helps a young animal
learn to deal with new things. Trips in the car (in a carrier),
meeting new people, and meeting other animals makes it easier for a
pet to deal with these things if it becomes necessary later in life.
An animal that has not had these experiences is more likely to be
afraid of them when it grows up.
Holidays Can Be Fun for
Pets, Too! - Most people really
enjoy the winter holidays, and pets can, too. It's important,
though, to make sure that your holiday celebrations don't endanger
your pets. Electric lights, wrapping paper, tinsel, glass
decorations, and many more things can be very dangerous for pets. By
keeping your pets safety in mind, everyone can enjoy the holidays!
Traveling Can Be Dangerous
for Pets! - I like to travel,
and so do many other pets, but traveling can be dangerous.
Pets can easily fall out of cars, off of boats, or out of the back
of a pickup truck on the highway (my friend Bob has seen this
happen)! Please be very careful with your pets when you travel.
Talking to your veterinarian about travel safety is a good idea, and
you can also check web sites such as these:
Exercise Is Important -
Exercise is just as important
for your pet as it is for you. It helps to keep your pet happy and
healthy. Give your pets toys and room to play with them and they
will often keep themselves entertained, but they'll enjoy it more if
you join in. That'll help keep you happy and healthy, too, and
create a stronger bond between you and your pets.
Spaying and neutering pets
and feral animals is good for everyone
There are too many animals that
can't find homes. Spaying (for females) and neutering (for males)
helps to keep populations down and ensure that there are less
homeless animals. It also helps decrease the spread of disease and
cruelty to animals.
Take My Picture! -
This might sound like a strange pet
care tip, but take your pets' photo often. It could be important if
your pet gets lost (please don't let that happen). It's also fun
(most of the time) and will help keep your pet's memory alive when
he or she is gone. You can also show off your pets better!
Know What You Are Getting
Be sure that everyone in your house
understands and respects the needs of any animal, special needs or
otherwise, BEFORE you make it part of your family. This is one of
the most important steps to keeping everyone happy and healthy.