By Radford G. Davis D.V.M. M.P.H.
Pets are highly regarded within the usa. in accordance with a contemporary survey, one 3rd of yank houses include a number of cats; virtually forty percentage of U.S. families contain no less than one puppy. Pets function loved partners for everybody from teenagers to senior electorate. despite the fact that, there are obligations and hazards concerned with puppy possession, and the correct care of those animals that many contemplate "family" contains even more than retaining a water dish and meals bowl full.
This booklet is written by means of most sensible animal health and wellbeing specialists to provide an explanation for our roles, rights, and well-being care demanding situations while bringing animals into our houses. issues corresponding to wellbeing and fitness, first relief, significant other animal illnesses, universal surgical procedures, and replacement deal with pets are all addressed. info is additionally supplied approximately puppy birds, huge pets akin to horses, exotics reminiscent of snakes and reptiles, and "pocket pets" resembling hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and rats.
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Training and consistency are much easier to instill from the beginning with a pet of any age, and it is much harder to break the habits of both owners and pets after they have been established. Give your pet the best chance at a happy life by providing clear behavioral guidelines and training. There are countless resources and opinions on animal behavior and training, which can make training seem a daunting task. Certiﬁed veterinary behaviorists are a great source for recommendations on animal training based on the most current research.
It is critical for pet owners to learn and understand what their animal’s natural behaviors are, how to use training to best channel them, and how to arrange their homes so that the pets may have a peaceful, safe retreat when they are feeling anxious. A crate for a dog that is off limits to children or a high perch for a cat may be just the thing. RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOUR NEIGHBORS, YOUR FRIENDS, AND THE WORLD AROUND YOU Besides the responsibilities to your pet and your family already discussed, you must also consider the people around you and their needs when you have a pet.
Unless your pet is a breeding animal, it is best to have the pet spayed or neutered before six months of age (for dogs and cats). Spaying and neutering also provide health beneﬁts to the animal, in addition to keeping populations in check. PET RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT As in many aspects of our lives these days, the choices we make regarding our pets impact upon the environment. Naturally, there are things that you can do for your animals that are helpful to the environment. Picking up your dog’s feces not only keeps parks, sidewalks, and lawns cleaner and more beautiful, but also protects public health.
Caring for Family Pets: Choosing and Keeping Our Companion Animals Healthy by Radford G. Davis D.V.M. M.P.H.