5 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care

5 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care

This week is National Pet Week. The theme for this week, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is helping pet owners practice responsible pet care. A fun way to celebrate National Pet Week, and get your kids involved, is by teaching your child responsible pet care.

Teaching your child responsible pet care is a great learning tool for the future. These skills will help your child learn about responsibility above and beyond just caring for a pet. Learning responsible pet care will encourage that responsibility in other aspects of life, too.

5 Ways to Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care

But, how exactly do you teach a child about responsible pet care? With the time, patience, and education it will be a task you will wish you would have tackled earlier. Here are 5 ways to teach your child responsible pet care.

1. Set a positive example of responsible pet care to your children.
As parents, we are all quite aware of how well our children mock our everyday situations in life. The same goes for how we care for our pets. Make sure that you continually display positive examples of responsible pet care to your children.

Even simple behaviors, such as feeding the dog, can show your children what responsible pet care is all about.

2. Teach children about the “downside” of pet care.
We all know that caring for pets isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. There are messes to be cleaned. As well as dirty beds and bowls to be washed. Have your child involved in these activities.

Another possible “downside” of pet ownership is going to the dreaded veterinary office. If your child is old enough to sit through an appointment, take with them with you. This will be a great learning experience for them.

3. Keep a list of daily responsibilities that encourage responsible pet care.
Have a list of daily responsibilities geared towards responsible pet care available for everyone in the family to see. This is a great visual tool to help children see what all goes into being a responsible pet owner.

A great idea is using a dry erase board. This will make it easy to check off the pet care responsibilities on a daily basis.

4. Don’t make responsible pet care a punishment.
Chores aren’t something most children enjoy. Let’s be honest, they aren’t something most people enjoy in general. So, you probably don’t want to make your child pick up dog poop if he or she misbehaves.

Making your child show responsible pet care because he or she misbehaves doesn’t encourage responsible pet care. Instead, doing this can lead to your child having a vengeance against their pet. Which is the total opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish.

5. Make your child PROUD when they practice responsible pet care.
Did your child feed the dog without you having to tell them? Make sure you give them a pat on the back! Who doesn’t enjoy a little praise when they do something? Especially when they were never told to do it. The same goes for children who practice responsible pet care.

When you see your child doing a pet chore, without you having to ask them, make sure you display how proud of them you are. As a result, they will want to spend more time doing the right thing.

Teach Your Child Responsible Pet Care for a Positive Outlook on Lifelong Responsibilities

As a conclusion, teaching your child about responsible pet care will lead to a lifelong understanding and respect of responsibilities. All you need is a little patience and time to make your child the most responsible pet owner you know.

How Dogs Can Benefit Those in Assisted Living

How Dogs Can Benefit Those in Assisted Living

As we continue National Pet Week, we would like to let you know more about how dogs can help those in assisted living situations.

According to the American Senior Communities blog, around 1 million seniors receive some sort of assisted living service. Unfortunately, a lot of seniors who are in assisted living is because they do not have adult children and/or family available to care for them. This is unfortunate because at least 35% of seniors living in assisted living stay a year or longer.

Most assisted living communities strive to keep the seniors at the facility socially active. They provide them with chances to mingle with others. If family is close, their family is able to come and visit them on a regular basis. But, some seniors do not have that luxury. As a result, staying in assisted living can become lonely. This loneliness may lead to a long road of depression. That’s where dogs and assisted living come into the picture.

Dogs and Senior Citizens in Assisted Living

Many assisted living facilities have two options who want the companionship of a dog during their stay. Some facilities allow seniors to bring their pets with them. Others allow pets to come visit the center on a regular basis. This allows senior citizens the chance to interact, pet, and talk to the dogs.

Dogs can benefit those in assisted living. Statistics show that seniors who have a dog near during their assisted living seem less stressed than those without. Dogs who visit or live in assisted living with a senior offer companionship. That companionship that many senior citizens look forward to.

As a conclusion, studies actually show that having a dog can in fact improve the overall health of seniors living in assisted living. It’s shown that dogs can decrease stress, decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and improve a senior citizen’s overall mood. Dogs are also a great way for senior citizens in assisted living to have a chance to increase their energy.

Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet: The Pros and Cons

Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet: The Pros and Cons

This week is National Pet Week. Each year, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) adds a theme to National Pet Week. The theme for this year encourages responsible pet ownership. One of the ways that pet owners practice this is by feeding their dog a well balanced diet.

There’s a lot of talk among the pet community in regards to what all is put in our pet’s foods. Over the past couple of years the economy hasn’t done well. As a result, pet owners and pet food manufacturers alike are trying to find ways to cut costs. One of the way pet food manufacturers attempt to do this is by filling foods with what’s known as “fillers”. Fillers are foods that are added to your pet’s food that do not have any real nutritional benefits.

The use of fillers have really alarmed pet owners. Leading many of them to the art of making their own food for their pets. Included in this change is usually what we call a raw dog food diet. But, like with any diet, a raw food diet may not work as well for one dog as it would the next. Plus, like with any dog food, there are pros and cons to feeding your dog a raw dog food diet.

What is a Raw Dog Food Diet?

Simply put, a raw dog food diet is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a mixture of the rawest meats, vegetables, and fruits. In fact, it’s the closest thing you will get to what your dog would eat if he or she was still in the wild.

Another way you may have heard of a raw dog food diet is what’s called the BARF diet. The BARF diet stands for “Bones and Raw Food” or also “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food”.

The Pros and Cons of Feeding a Raw Dog Food Diet

You’re probably thinking there’s no way feeding a raw dog food diet can have cons. Especially if it’s what was in the original diet dog’s eat. Well, most dogs now, as you may know, are domesticated. So, in a way their diet needs have changed a bit.

Raw dog food diets have long played a part in a working dog’s diet. Breeds such as Greyhounds, who are quite active, may benefit from a raw dog food diet. Dog owners who support a diet that consists of raw food boast that their dogs tend to have healthier skin, shiny coats, and teeth that are clean. Some even believe that a raw dog food diet also is beneficial because it gives dog’s more energy. As well as smaller stools. Which can really be a winner when you have an 150+ pound dog.

Veterinarians and the Food and Drug Administration have argued the benefits of raw dog food diets. The diet is mostly disagreed with because of the potential bacteria risk in raw meat. This bacteria can be harmful to you and your dog. Another reason a raw dog food diet is controversial is due to the fact that most veterinarians do not see it as a balanced diet. As a result, they believe a raw diet, if fed for a long period of time, is more harmful to a dog’s health than beneficial.

In conclusion, feeding a raw dog food diet has its pros and cons. The same concept goes for any food that you feed to your dog. So, touching base with your veterinarian is definitely the best way to find out if a raw dog food diet is right for your dog.


 

How to Choose a Veterinarian

National Pet Week: How to Choose a Veterinarian

This week, May 7 – 13, is National Pet Week. Each year, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has a theme in relation to National Pet Week. This year the theme is dedicated to pet owners practicing responsible pet ownership. One way owners can practice responsible pet ownership this National Pet Week is by finding a good veterinarian for their pets.

Depending on where you live, there may be a lot of veterinarian options near you. That can be overwhelming. But, by taking the right steps, finding the best veterinarian for your situation will be a breeze.

So, in honor of National Pet Week, take some time out and find a veterinarian you can trust for your furry (or feathered, hairless, etc.) family.

Choosing a Veterinarian This National Pet Week? Make Sure You Consider This!

When you’re choosing a veterinarian there are a few things you will want to consider before you begin your search. You want to find a veterinarian that you fits your family’s lifestyle. You’ll want to consider office hours, pets that are treated, after hour options, and services that are offered. You want to ensure that the veterinarian you choose fits your lifestyle the best.

Veterinary clinic office hours are especially important if you work. Getting a day off for an appointment for your dog can be tough. Unless your boss is an amazing person who loves pets. If it’s the latter, you’ll want to find an office that you can visit that won’t interfere with your work schedule.

With So Many Options, What’s The Best Way to Find a Veterinarian This National Pet Week?

Word of mouth is always an excellent way to find any recommendation. The same goes for when you are looking for a veterinarian for your pets. But, there are other avenues you can take.

Social media is a great tool for reviews and recommendations. You can reach out to your friends on social media. Most veterinary offices have social media accounts. You can search for them and read the comments and/or reviews. Plus, take a look at how involved they are with their clients.

In addition to word-of-mouth and social media, you can go straight to the internet. Using search engines such as Yahoo!, Bing, and Google can help you find reviews of veterinary offices near you.

Once you find an office with great reviews, you can check out their website or give them a call. Most veterinary offices have a website now. Many of the websites list important information has contact information, services offered, pets treated, office hours, etc.. This makes it convenient for you to narrow down your veterinarian choices.

However you go about choosing a veterinarian this National Pet Week, always keep your pet’s best interest in mind. Ensure that you and your pets get what is deserved.

What is National Pet Week?

What is National Pet Week?

National Pet Week is usually celebrated the first week of May. This year, National Pet Week is celebrated from May 7 – 13th, 2017. The American Veterinary Medical Association founded this week 35 years ago.

Each year, the American Veterinary Medical Association places a theme with National Pet Week. This year the theme focuses on pet owners and the lifetime commitment they make for their pets. But, the main focus isn’t just the food, water, and shelter we provide them. It’s about providing them with the necessary veterinarian visits to keep our pets happy and healthy.

National Pet Week: The AVMA’s Challenge to Pet Owners and Veterinarians This Week

This National Pet Week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) wants to help pet owners nationwide provide the best possible care for their pets. As a result, they’ve set up 7 tips for pet owners. There’s a tip for each day on the AVMA National Pet Week website.

The tips range from choosing the right pet for your family to taking a visit to your veterinarian. Other tips include getting out and exercising and understanding the value you bring when you spay or neuter your pets. As well as preparing for emergencies and socialization.

Pretty much, the challenge is set up to promote responsible pet ownership. The main goal of the 7 day challenge during National Pet Week is for pet owners to promote a happier, healthier pet in 7 days.

But, of course, pet owner’s commitment doesn’t stop here. The AVMA also wants to promote pet owners providing their pets with a “lifetime of love” this National Pet Week. As always, the AVMA wants YOU to remember what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. So, this National Pet Week, and beyond, always remember the key phrases when it comes to responsible pet ownership: commit, invest, obey, identify, limit, and prepare.

For more information on the AVMA’s 7 day challenge during National Pet Week, you can visit their website here