Pet Care

 

Disaster Planning

The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives. Click here for more on disaster planning.

Spay or Neuter Spaying or neutering your dog or cat helps prevent myriad illnesses and stops the famle animals from going into heat. Also, experts agree neutering a male dog or cat can help prevent aggression and behavior problems.

Veterinary Care Take your pet for regular visits to the veteranarian and stay current on all the recommended shots and vaccinations. Check your pet's ears and eyes for any unusual lumps or scabs at least once a week Be aware of unusual behavioral changes, especially as they get older. Here's a very useful website to keep in mind: veterinarypartner.com

General Home Care Make sure your pet gets daily exercise (visit a dog park), eats appropriate amounts of food, and does not overdo it on treats.

Fight fleas with species-safe products. Fight heartworm with regular tests and preventative tablets (only if recommend by your veterinarian).

Note: NCSPCA provided advice is not intended to replace the advice of your veterinarian.


Cold Weather Pet TipsThe cold winter months are soon to be in full swing––which means freezing temperatures and unpredictable precipitation. Pets and animals can be especially vulnerable to winter weather conditions, and even though many of them are covered in fur, it is time to take special precautions to make sure animals are protected againstthe cold, so here are some
cold weather pet tips.

Travel Tips It is not recommended that you travel with your pet on commercial airlines unless you can bring them in the cabin.

For Car Travel, keep your pets safe in a familiar crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit, turn around and lie down comfortably. Prepare your dog or cat for a lengthy car ride by introducing him to shorter drives before your trip. Plan ahead for feeding and play stops. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. Don't forget your supplies: travel bowls, leashes, collars, tags and vaccinations and paperwork.