Tulips bloom, songbirds chorus, lilac fragrance filters the air, and rainfall sparks growth and green. Spring has sprung and with it comes outdoor adventures, for both people and pets. As more outings commence, there are also increased health and safety concerns for our pets.
Defend Against Disease
Bats, skunks, and raccoons can carry rabies, and if our pets are bitten and aren’t properly vaccinated, a major health crisis can and often does take place, and it often leads to death. Vaccinate your pets against rabies, parvo, leukemia and other fatal diseases; talk to your vet about prevention.
Heartworm is another very lethal disease, and fleas and ticks can make pets miserable as well as very sick. Prevention is the cure – again, consult with your vet.
Get the Groom On!
Spring brings warmer temperatures and a good grooming can not only help alleviate the flea and tick infestations, but also helps your dog and cat feel more comfortable as those temperatures rise. Trimming hair, cleaning ears, and brushing teeth keeps your furry friend happier and healthier.
With more time spent outside, the opportunity for a pet to get lost rises like the increasing temperature.
Slipping from a leash or harness, high-tailing it over the fence, lost while hiking, or escaping during a thunderstorm – all of these possibilities are concerning. Ensure your pet has a collar with ID tag and/or is microchipped and that way can be returned home more quickly. Alleviate your anxiety of your pet’s potential disappearance by having proper, and accurate, identification on your furry friend.
For more information and a good read about spring pet health and safety concerns, visit http://goodnewsforpets.com/spring-pet-safety-tips/.
Be Kind to Animals Week overlaps with Children's Book Week. Kids can learn kindness to animals via reading. They also learn kindness through observation and interaction. During this special time, we can encourage children, other adults, as well as ourselves to be a bit kinder … and to read more.
There are many wonderful books available for children about animals. Within those pages, they can learn how to take care of animals as well as how pets take care of people. For a listing of great children's books about pets, visit http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/5877-top-10-kid-friendly-pet-books and http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Childrens-Pet/zgbs/books/2853.
“Teach the children well,” are words in a Crosby, Stills and Nash song (see a YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztVaqZajq-I). Teaching children kindness toward people and pets offers great rewards for those kids, including opportunity to do good in a community and the opportunity to make new friends. In fact, according to a research study called Kindness Counts, “When kids performed acts of kindness or took notice of the pleasant places they visited, their happiness quotient increased ... (and) … they gained an average of 1.5 friends during the month-long period” (see related article at http://www.rootsofaction.com/art-kindness-teaching-children-care/).
What are some ways we can be kind to pets and people, and how can we more greatly instill kindness in others, including children? The list of ideas is endless, but here are some suggestions:
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.