Training your pet is essential to being a good owner. Seek out local trainers and enroll in puppy class or dog obedience, talk with experienced cat owners, socialize your new kitten. Teaching your pet good manners and how to interact well with your family, friends and strangers will benefit both you and them. Studies have shown that people who have done basic training and education with their pets creates a happy and lasting relationship and are much less likely to give them up.
Although we want people to think of their pets as part of their family and treat them as such, it’s also important to understand that they aren’t just “little people,” but part of another species. Dogs, cats, and other critters have many of their own physical and medical needs, unique behaviors, and instincts. Millions of pets are taken to shelters or abandoned every year, with undesirable behavior being one of the leading causes. However, this is not a dog or cat problem but a people problem. It’s our responsibility to first understand what is normal behavior for our pets. Dogs and cats do what is natural to them. Dogs like to chew, cats like to use their claws. Our job is to learn to communicate with our pets and teach them acceptable and appropriate behavior. Chewing a toy or rawhide is acceptable; chewing our shoes is not. Scratching a cat post is good; scratching the couch is not. Read books, talk with experts, and be sure to learn how to effectively communicate with your pet. It will strengthen your bond and give you the pet you dreamed of.
The Valley climate allows for a host of parasites that will infest your pet internally and externally, causing devastating health problems and even fatal illness. Pet owners in the valley have a responsibility to provide monthly preventatives to keep their pets healthy. Flea and tick preventatives from your vet are the most effective means of keeping these harmful pests at bay, and can keep your cat and dog parasite free. Treating your yard is also helpful in keeping the fleas and ticks away. Don’t ignore this, it’s important if you’re a pet owner.
Heartworms are caused by one bite from one infected mosquito. They inject larvae that travel up to the heart and grow into large worms that can kill your dog. We all know how bad the mosquitoes are in Texas, so prevention is the key.
Heartworm prevention medicine is prescribed only by a veterinarian and priced based on your pet’s weight. It comes in many different forms, the most popular being a chew-treat that dogs seem to love. All you have to do is feed it to them once a month.
When your dog gets heartworms, it can take months, if not years for symptoms to appear. The treatment can be very painful for your pet and is quite expensive. Without treatment, heartworm will kill your pet. In the long run, preventing heartworms makes things better for both of you.
All puppies and kittens should begin vaccinations at six weeks of age and receive booster every 3-4 weeks until the age of 16 weeks. Consult with your veterinarian, he/she may alter this schedule depending on your pet’s needs.
Adult pets should receive annual vaccines, thereafter, to prevent contagious diseases and keep them happy and healthy.
PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS and help reduce euthanasia numbers in shelters!
Any questions? Please call us at: 956-425-SNIP(7647) or email us at: Harlingenhumanesociety@yahoo.com