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The SPCA of Texas Offers Tips to keep Pets Healthy and Happy

(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY, TX); December 30, 2014Before welcoming 2015 and singing Auld Lang Syne as the clock strikes midnight, remember to keep your pets safe and happy by following these New Year’s tips from the SPCA of Texas. If you are thinking about adding a new member to your family this year, come to the SPCA of Texas and give one of our four-legged friends a loving, forever home for years to come!

  • Be sure pets are indoors and have a safe place to rest away from loud noises such as fireworks, singing and other celebratory activities.
  • If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration, keep in mind that protective pets may feel threatened by strangers coming into your home. Keep pets in a familiar place with lots of toys and soothing music to distract them from the doorbell.
  • Limit your pets’ time outside due to the cold weather. If you will be gone for the evening, consider letting your dog into his or her crate and keep the kitty in a familiar room with his or her litter box as an alternative.
  • Always be sure pets are wearing collars at all times with ID tags that are current and readable in case they do accidentally escape. And consider having your pets microchipped if they lose their collars, as this will help them get back home safely.
  • When making your New Year’s resolutions, consider your pets’ health as well ask your own. Commit to taking your dogs on daily walks to ensure both of you are exercising after all those holiday meals. This is a healthy and enjoyable way to spend some time bonding with your pets.
  • You vow to have a more balanced diet this year; shouldn’t you vow the same for your pet? Consider changing your pets’ food to a healthier blend without fillers like corn, wheat or by-products. This will really improve their health, well-being, energy level, and behavior.
  • If your pets are having some behavioral concerns, call the SPCA of Texas and ask our Behavior Department for help or sign up for a group class or private lessons. An unruly pet can make for many stresses at home, but obedience training will help you and your pets to understand each other’s needs and desires and make life more enjoyable together.
  • Spay or neuter your pets to improve their health and behavior and to prevent future medical issues. Most importantly, by spaying or neutering your pets, you are helping to prevent millions of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens who will likely end up in shelters nationwide.
  • Be sure your pets are current on all their vaccinations to help prevent illness and the spread of disease.
  • If your dog is not on heartworm preventive, make sure to have him or her tested for heartworms every six months to a year. Begin giving your dog a monthly heartworm preventative immediately. 

For more information on the SPCA of Texas, please visit spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

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"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

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