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Celebrate National Pet Day

Next to our children, many people consider their pets to be a necessary part of the family. It is documented that about 27,000 years ago, our ancestors likely kept some wolves around. Gradually they transitioned from helping to hunt into companions. Now a days, it is estimated that 44% of households in the US have a pet dog and 35% own a cat. In 2006, Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige started National Pet Day on April 11th to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives.

This joy is even backed up with research that shows spending quality time with a pet can have a positive impact on your mood and health. They are also shown to help build your baby’s immune system and used as therapy in some disorders. Since pets seem to bring happiness to over millions of households, it only seems fair that we also take time to keep these fur-babies healthy. Below are some quick tips that might help you and your pet live a healthier lifestyle:

Quick Tips:

  1. Play Time: Exercising your pet not only keeps them at a healthy weight, but also helps you stay active and reduces your risk of heart disease.
  2. Healthy Diet: Feeding your pet a balanced and nutritious diet is also very important. There are many healthy options on the market, but homemade dog food is an opportunity to control ingredients and a great way to get your children involved. If time is an issue, check out this Easy Crock Pot Dog Food Recipe.
  3. Check-ups: Visiting a veterinarian regularly will assure vaccinations are up-to-date and you pet is pest free. This not only assures your pet is comfortable and safe, but some diseases and pests can also harm you and your children.

4. Put a Stop to Pet Poisoning: While having inside and outside plants are beautiful and good for the air, there are certain plants that can poison animals. According to Pet Poison Helpline, the top plants poisonous to pets are:

    • Autumn Crocus
    • Azalea
    • Cyclamen
    • Lilies
    • Oleander
    • Dieffenbachia
    • Daffodils
    • Lily of the Valley
    • Sago Palm
    • Tulips and hyacinths

Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, or reptile, take some time this month to enjoy them and celebrate National Pet Day. If you are on the market for a new furry friend, don’t forget to check your local animal rescue agencies using the following website: https://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/search/