Living With Pets
The death of a pet is never an easy time. Whether it is an older animal, who may have been a part of the family longer than most of the furniture and some of the children, or a pet who has been with you for only a few years, the loss can be truly traumatic. And if the end comes through a conscious decision for euthanasia, other emotions become entangled with the basic sense of loss.
When you already have a dog and you're bringing a new dog home, you want to make sure the introduction goes well and avoid setting up future conflict. Making some preparations before you get home and setting your dogs up for positive interactions during their first few weeks together will go a long way toward a harmonious long-term relationship.
Moving to a new home can be just as stressful on your pet as it is on you. Following are some tips to help you help your pet through this change of address.
You can have a happy, healthy life with your pets, even if you're allergic to them. The benefits of having a pet usually outweigh the drawbacks of pet allergies for many people. You'd be surprised to know how many people, with non-life-threatening allergies, live with pets despite having allergies to them!
Going out of town? A boarding kennel can give your pet quality care—and can give you peace of mind.
If there’s ever a natural disaster or situation requiring evacuation in the area where you live, you’ll want to be ready to keep not only yourself safe, but your pets, too. You’ll want to think about how to be prepared for three types of disasters:
If you’ve lost your pet, don’t waste any time. To maximize the chances of finding your pet, begin your search as soon as you notice that the animal is missing. Here are some suggested steps to take:
If you find a stray dog or cat, keep in mind that the animal may be a lost pet, and someone could be frantically searching for him/her. Cats and dogs get loose for one reason or another and may become lost. If a lost pet has been on the run for weeks or months, he or she is going to be dirty and skinny and have fleas, even if he/she escaped from a wonderful home.
Going on vacation? Cats are creatures of routine, so as much as you can keep your cat’s lifestyle stable, the less traumatic your absence will be. Here are some tips on keeping your kitty happy even when you have to go away.
Ideally, keep your cat at home – cats are territorial and feel safest and most comfortable in their familiar environment.
Information provided in these articles is intended to provide some guidance for you and your pet. Not all animals behave (or respond) in the same manner. Should you have questions or concerns about anything you see here, please consult your veterinarian. While we work with vets on a regular basis, we are not veterinarians. We feel the articles here provide useful but general guidelines and suggestions for working with your pet. Please note, some articles may be disturbing to young children. Please preview articles to make sure they are appropriate for your child.