Research has show that people who have pets are healthier than their pet-less counterparts. But there are ways to make you and your pet even healthier.
1. First is exercise. Every dog and owner needs a minimum of a 30 minute daily walk. Add to that a trip each week to the dog park so your dog can have a safe free run while you walk around the park. Standing in the middle with a Latte doesn't count as human exercise.
On Sunday January 6th I will be doing a presentation at the Gig Harbor Branch of the Library at 1PM. The topic is How to Keep Your Dog Happy and Safe at the Dog Park. The presentation is sponsored by C.H.E.W.
2. Pick up after your dog. Take a plastic bag with you on your walks and use it. If you see poop even if it is from another dog pick it up. Feces spreads diseases like Parvo and worms from dog to dog.
3. Be sure your pet's vaccinations are up to date. Even if your pet is not due for vaccinations still visit your veterinarian at least once a year for your pet's annual check-up.
4. Honestly evaluate your pet's weight. Dogs and cats should have a tuck at their waist. They should not look like foot stools. If necessary speak to your veterinarian about putting your pet on a diet. If you use treats to train remove food from their daily intake. Put it in a plastic bag and use that during the day.
5. Resolve not to buy treats made in China. Also sign up with Dog Food Advisor so you receive all the latest dog and cat food and treat recalls.
6. Keep up on your dog's obedience training. One class two years ago doesn't make a trained dog. Practicing everyday does.
7. Keep your cat indoors. Cats that live indoors live longer and happy and healthier lives.
8. Lastly, a commitment to a pet is for the life of the animal.