This year, why not make some resolutions for the animals – both those that live with us and those who have no place to call home. These resolutions may be easier to keep throughout the year than the traditional ones. These tips will certainly improve the lives of animals and will help us move toward a day of no more homeless pets. Between now and New Year’s Day I will be posting a series of articles on what you can do to help make a difference in the lives of animals in 2013. Click here to read the first posting in this series.
Resolve to keep your pets safe
- Remember that common household items and houseplants can be a death sentence for some animals. Go through your house room-by-room and check for potential hazards. Keep your own medications out of the reach of your pets. The ASPCA website has a number of resources on how to keep your pet safe from potentially poisonous substances.
- Put together a pet first aid kit and a disaster kit. Click here for resources from the ASPCA on disaster preparedness and first aid for pets. The Best Friends Pet Care Library has a list of Disaster, Safety and First Aid Websites.
- Make sure you know the phone number and location of the pet emergency clinic that is closest to your home and keep it posted near your home phone.
- Make sure your pet has proper identification – microchipping and a tag with current address and phone number is one of the most important ways to keep it safe.
- Buckle up your pets when you travel. Unrestrained pets in the car are dangerous to both you and them. Many companies make pet seat belts and harnesses. If you don’t have special equipment for your pet, at least make sure they are in a carrier and the carrier is secured with a seat belt.
Resolve to be a better companion to your animal
Sharing our lives with our animals is a privilege. Show them that you are worthy of their love. Taking just a few of the steps mentioned above can make all the difference in the health and quality of life of your pet. They provide us with physical and emotional health benefits and unconditional love and affection. They depend on us for their well-being and it’s our responsibility to provide them with proper care and attention.
And don’t forget that your pets can also help you keep your traditional New Year’s resolutions. Click here to find out how. Even if you don’t normally make resolutions, you may want to this year just so your pets can get involved.