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25 Things You Can Do For Pets

Pets and owners love a new adventure. Find great activities to try with your pet, pet care tips and  ideas to help strengthen your special bond. 

By The Animal Medical Center

Walk the dog of an elderly neighbor

Walk the dog of an elderly neighbor twice a week, especially at night or during difficult weather. 




Keep pets safe from household traps

Keep all household infestation traps and devices out of your pets’ access to avoid injuries and/or poisoning. 




Give your dog or cat a collar with a current identification tag.

Give your dog or cat a collar with a current identification tag. The tag should include your name, address, phone number, the pet’s name and any special medical needs of your pet.





Create a pet care plan in your will

Create a pet care plan in your will to guarantee a happy and secure future for your pet in the event that you die before it does. Remember cats have nine lives and some birds can live beyond 100. 




Book animal-friendly hotels when traveling.

Book animal-friendly hotels when traveling with your pet so it can feel at home in a hotel that caters to its needs.





Caring for an older pet.

Care for your older dog or cat by requesting your veterinarian do blood and urine tests on it by age seven. These tests can identify the early stages of diseases. 




Limit your pet food supply to one month.

Limit your pet food supply to one month. Even when stored in airtight containers, food can go bad or become stale. 




Make windows cat-friendly.

Widen narrow windowsills by adding soft cat perches so your cat can peer out at the world in comfort. 




Microchip your pets.

Microchip your pets and encourage others to do the same. It is a permanent and painless way to keep track of your pet at all times. Each year 6.1 million pets are lost and you don’t want yours to be one of them. 




Place one of your used T-shirts where your pet naps.

Place one of your used T-shirts or sweatshirts where your dog or cat naps. The smell will bring them comfort when you are away. 




Practice good dental hygiene on your dog and cat.

Practice good dental hygiene on your dog and cat. If you can’t maneuver a toothbrush inside their mouth, try rubbing specially designed pet toothpaste gels onto their gums with your finger at least three times a week. Have your veterinarian professionally scale their teeth to remove stubborn tartar.





Quit smoking.

Quit smoking. Pets are affected by second hand smoke too, and one in five dogs suffers from some form of allergy, including smoke. 




Raise your cat indoors.

Raise your cat indoors, limiting its outdoor exploration to 5-10 minutes each day on a leash with you. Indoor cats are at less risk for contagious diseases or injuries due to contact with other cats. 




Report animal abuse.

Report animal abuse. If you suspect someone of abusing his or her animal report it immediately to your local humane agency. 




Schedule your walks with your dog.

Aim for early morning or evening walks in the hot summer when sizzling hot pavement can damage your dog’s footpads. 




Select a dog breed that matches your personality and lifestyle.

Select a dog breed that matches your personality and lifestyle. Size doesn’t matter as much. If you watch a lot of TV, for instance, a Bullmastiff is more appropriate than an energized Jack Russell terrier. 




Set aside time for your pet.

Devote at least 15 minutes twice a day to giving undivided attention to your pet. 




Spay or neuter your dog or cat.

Spay or neuter your dog or cat. The sooner the better. Do your part to help overpopulation. 




Stroke your dog or cat instead of petting them.

Stroke your dog or cat instead of petting them. Stroking is more soothing. Jarring, patting motions can cause nervousness among some pets. 




Switch to pet-safe antifreeze.

Switch to pet-safe antifreeze. Conventional anti-freeze contains propylene glycol that carries a tempting but fatal taste to animals. Just one teaspoon can kill a cat, and two ounces can kill a dog. 




Take your dog to a spa to get pampered on its birthday.

Take your dog to a spa to get pampered on its birthday. 




Take your puppy to dog runs and parks starting at 8 weeks of age.

Take your puppy to dog runs and parks starting at 8 weeks of age. The sooner you can expose it to strangers, friends, and other dogs, the better chance it will grow up to be a well-adjusted and socialized dog who can adapt to change. 




Treat cats to tiny pieces of real tuna.

Treat cats to tiny pieces of real tuna, stored in the freezer. Fresh tuna acts as a natural toothbrush to rid your cat of tartar buildup. 




Use glow in the dark collars and leashes at night.

Use glow in the dark collars and leashes when walking your dog at night to heighten your visibility with motorists. 




Weigh your cat or dog each week.

Weigh your cat or dog each week. Animal obesity is a growing issue among pet owners and a weight loss of a couple of pounds can indicate a medical condition. 




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