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Actors and Others Pet Care TipsAre You a Responsible Pet Guardian?

Many emergency visits to the veterinarian are avoidable. The first step to ensuring your pet’s continued well-being is being a responsible pet guardian.

All of us abhor animal cruelty. Unknowingly, though, we may cause unintentional discomfort or injury to our animals simply by a lack of information. Your companion animal not only needs proper care, but also understanding.

Your pet’s welfare is a big responsibility. A good checklist to follow:

 
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Your pet has the right to expect a clean shelter, a balanced diet, clean water, proper grooming, ample exercise, routine and emergency medical care, including flea and tick prevention and immunizations, and, above, all, love and respect.
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Your pet should be spayed/neutered for its own health and to do your part to end pet overpopulation.
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Pets are lost and stolen every day. Besides the anxiety and grief such a loss will cause, many lost or stolen dogs are sold to research laboratories. So be sure your pet always wears a collar with an identity tag securely fastened. An even better way to identify your pet would be to have it microchipped. The City of Los Angeles offers this service for $25.00. Check with your local City Shelter for more information.
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Do not give your dog bones of any kind. They can literally kill. Bones splinter and can cause serious damage. Only give your pet safety tested toys.
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Never leave your pet in a parked car on a hot day, even if you feel you have provided proper ventilation. The car will still be too hot, and your pet may die of heatstroke.
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It’s hard to believe that people do not realize the danger of letting dogs (and people) ride untethered in the back of pick-up trucks. In addition to the possibility of the dog falling or jumping out of the truck, think of the discomfort to the animal’s paws having to stand on the hot metal bed of the truck. (This practice is also illegal in the State of California.) The same is true for concrete. You should not take your pet for a walk on hot days when the temperature of the concrete can burn the pads of your companion.
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When walking your dog, you should always use a leash. Dogs are prone to reacting to other animals or stimuli it may encounter and could easily be hit by a car or injured by another dog.
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Cats should be kept indoors at all times. A cat’s lifespan is dramatically increased by making sure they are safely confined to your home and not subjected to cars, coyotes, and other dangers in the great outdoors.
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Make sure your yard is secure. All gates should be the appropriate height and properly latched to avoid escape. Besides the possibility that your dog could become lost and frightened, it could easily dart out in traffic and be injured or killed.
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The life cycle of pets parallel our own lives. Babies require almost constant care, and senior citizens experience greater health problems which may mean frequent trips to the veterinarian and increased care. And, like children, pets need to be taught good manners with a determined but always loving hand. Be flexible and understanding.
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Please always remember that your pet is an important member of your family!
 
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