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


 


(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY, TX); January 6, 2017
—As you work on your list of New Year's Resolutions, don't forget about your four-legged family members and what they need to stay happy and healthy all year long.
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! If not is not the time to adopt, consider making a financial gift at www.spca.org/gift to help the SPCA of Texas rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of pets in 2017. Or, become a volunteer to help fulfill our mission by assisting in many ways both in the shelter and in the community.


Also, January is National Train Your Dog Month, so if you're looking to work on your dog's behavior, look no further than the SPCA of Texas for help! The SPCA of Texas has a top-notch training and behavior program called Pet University. Pet University provides an array of training classes and seminars as well as private consultations to pet owners in the community. If you’d like to learn more about Pet University and sign up for the next series of training classes that start January 12, visit spca.org/petuniversity.
The SPCA of Texas recommends the following tips to keep pets happy and healthy throughout 2017:

 

  • 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. Pet owners should also consider having their pets microchipped. If a pet loses their collar, 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, or to make an appointment to have your pet spayed or neutered or vaccinated, please visit www.spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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