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As if greeting you at the door every time you come home wasn’t enough, here’s another reason to appreciate your pet. It turns out that pet ownership can improve your overall health and wellness. Having a dog, for instance, can help increase your physical activity. What’s more, a pet can also reduce stress and even boost children’s immunity.
For more information on the health advantages of owning a pet, watch this video from eCards for Health
Toxic Eats: Why Table Scraps Should Be Off LimitsA big step toward ensuring your pet stays healthy is making sure that toxic foods, chemicals and plants are not kept in your household (or at least, not within reach).
FoodsA healthy diet for us humans varies greatly from your pets’. Many foods that taste good to us may be lethal for them. The following are a few foods you shouldn’t share:
PlantsIf you have a dog or cat who likes to chew, you may want to do a little research before bringing a plant home.While many plants are harmless, some can pose serious health problems for pets. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) maintains a list of toxic and non-toxic plants. Some common dangers:
If you have a pet who has consumed a toxic food or plant listed above, or you have concerns, call your veterinarian right away.
Children and Pet SafetyAlthough they feel like members of the family, it’s important to remember that your pet is still an animal. Take extra precautions when young children are near animals who bite. The following tips can help to keep both children and pets safe and healthy.
Training Your Pet to Interact with ChildrenOf course, children aren’t the only ones who can learn how to behave in these situations. Your family pet can be trained to deal with young children. Whether you’re inviting a new pet to join the family or expecting a new baby, the following can help your transition go smoothly. (Note: if you are expecting, it’s a good idea to start this training several months before the baby is born.)
Finally, talk with your veterinarian if you have concerns about your pet’s behavior or questions about any of the above information. These experts are available to help improve your pet’s wellbeing.
What pets do you have? Tell us your best pet story in the comments below!
Most recent update: 9/30/2017
Sources: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), American Veterinary Medical Association, The Humane Society of the United States
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