In honor of February being Responsible Pet Ownership Month, we at dogIDs wanted to remind you of some of the ways you can make sure you’re being a great doggie owner. You love your animal companion, but sometimes we all need reminders on how to give your dog the very best and keep him happy and healthy. Aside from committing to the long haul, here are 10 things you can do to be a responsible pet owner.
You may have heard of people in the news who left millions of dollars to their pets after they passed on. While most of us can’t afford quite that much, there are still ways each of us can make sure that our beloved animal companions are cared for if we’re not able to do it anymore.
Whatever your situation, you don’t have to be elderly or ill to set up a trust for your pet, and it’s probably easier and cheaper than you might think. To find out more about how trusts work, we talked to some experts and got a crash course.
As 2013 draws to a close and 2014 is right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. I know some people who say they never make any because they never follow through on them, but I still like to make them whether I stick to it or not. The effort is what counts, right? Even if for a short time, it’s better than nothing.
Christmastime is magical. I love everything about it. Well, everything but the cold temperatures. Snow can be so pretty, sweaters are so comfy, hot apple cider is so comforting, and trees, lights and decorations are oh so merry.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday passed, chances are you’ve already begun—or maybe even completed—your holiday shopping. But did you remember the special animal in your life? Whether your own pet, a friend or family’s, an animal rescue or charity in need, or even just the crazy cat lady you know, shopping for animal gifts is so much fun.
Halloween: a time of costumes, kids and lots of candy. Opportunities abound for spooky sweets to find their way out of kids’ hands and bags and over to family pets. So, are any types of candy actually OK for your dog or cat? Any they need to avoid? We’ve all heard the dangers of chocolate, but what about the other types of treats out there?
Veterinarian Cathy Alinovi of Hoofstock Veterinary Services in Indiana and pet food cookbook author, and Jena Questen, a holistic veterinarian, weigh in to keep your pets safe this Halloween.
“What fun, right? Sharing candy with our pets! But, let’s be safe,” Alinovi says.
You take Fluffy out for an evening stroll, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying your sights and surroundings. Winding sidewalks, big trees, green bushes, squirrels scampering, children playing. Then, all of a sudden, you step on a landmine of doggy doo. Worse yet, Fluffy really wants to investigate these leftovers of another dog’s journey on this same path.
I’ve had my fair share of frustration over feces.
I am a newlywed, which means everybody is asking when my husband and I are going to have kids. It’s a tough question to answer. Am I ready for children? Do I even want to have kids? Can’t our two cats and Boxer-mix dog be enough? They sure feel like kids to me, and truth be told, I usually prefer spending time with animals anyway. Not to mention the fact that we are still paying off debt, saving up to buy our first house and barely feel like we can keep our own lives on track, let alone be responsible for another human being!