Animal exercise is important (and good for you too)! An enriched environment is another key to the long-term health and welfare of your canine and feline friends. House pets need a fun and healthy environment and outdoor pets, such as larger dogs can benefit from longer walks and more dynamic terrain and activities.
Pets need mental stimulation, say the pros, which may mean daily walks for your pooch, and scratching posts, window perches, and toys for your cat. It means play time with you, which not only keeps your pet’s muscles toned and boredom at bay, it also strengthens your bond with your four-footed companions.
National Pet Month is a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to our lives – and vice versa. In short, this month has communities all over the Nation spreading the awareness of pet wellness that include:
- Promote the benefits of pet ownership
- Support pet adoption
- Make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets
- Increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals
- Raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals
For optimal health, pets need regular vaccinations against common ills, such as rabies, distemper, feline leukemia, feline upper respiratory viruses, canine hepatitis, parvo and canine influenza virus.
How often your dog or cat needs to be immunized depends on their age, lifestyle, health, and risks. Talk to us about the vaccinations that make sense for your pet.
A good pet diet is crucial to your animals health and happiness. Many dogs, cats and other domestic animals in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And just like people, obesity in pets comes with health risks that include diabetes, arthritis, cancer and other health issues.
Overfeeding is one of the leading causes of obesity. Keeping your pets trim can add years to their lives and we can help you with better food, diet and exercise tips.
Because pets need far fewer calories than most of us think—as little as 185-370 a day for a small, inactive dog; just 240-350 calories daily for a 10-pound cat—talk to our vets and techs at Grand Avenue Animal Clinic, who can make feeding suggestions based on your pet’s age, weight, and lifestyle.
Why spay or neuter pets? Eight million to 10 million pets end up in shelters all over the nation every year. Some are lost, some have been abandoned, and some are homeless.
The best and easy way to avoid adding to that number is to spay and neuter your cats and dogs.
Spaying and neutering doesn’t just cut down on the number of unwanted pets, it also has other substantial benefits for your pet. Studies show it also lowers the risk of certain cancers and reduces a pet’s risk of getting lost by decreasing the tendency to roam.