November is Pet Awareness Month. That may be a bit of a broad topic, but the idea is to stop and think about the love, companionship, and devotion our furry friends offer, and also consider their needs. Fido and Fluffy can’t tell us how they feel, so it’s important to pay attention. A local Gresham, OR vet offers some helpful tips on how to do this below.
Part of Pet Awareness Month really means taking time to do a bit of research. Different types of pets have different needs. An older dog may benefit from pet ramps, while a puppy may need lots of chew toys. Some breeds also have specific care needs. Learn as much as you can about your furry pal, and what it takes to keep them healthy and happy. Your vet can also offer helpful tips.
It’s very important for pet owners to be aware of any health issues pets have. Pay attention to your furry bff, and keep an eye out for things like vomiting, diarrhea, hiding, and other signs of illness. Some of these red flags are very subtle, so you may need to pay close attention to notice that anything is wrong. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual. Of course, keeping up with your pet’s regular veterinary appointments is also very important. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
Take a look around your home, and see if there is anything you can do to make it safer and more fun for your pet. Could Fido or Fluffy use some more toys, or perhaps a new bed? Is your yard free of debris and that could injure your four-legged friend? Are there toxic plants on your property, or in your home? (Tip: the ASPCA is a great resource for this. Check their page here for more information.)
Did you know that playing is one of the best things you can do for your pet? Running and jumping really help keep Fido and Fluffy in shape. Timing those pounces right also offers them beneficial mental stimulation. Take time to play with your four-legged friend every day. This will be good for both of you!
Do you have questions about your pet’s health, diet, or care needs? Feel free to contact us, your Gresham, OR vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!