Pets 101

How Do I?

Soap, Towels, and Rubber Duck

Give my pet a bath

  • Brush hair to remove loose or matted fur
  • Gather towel, rubber gloves (if needed), shampoo, and a pitcher for rinsing before you start the process
  • If you’re bathing your cat, clip nails first
  • Make sure water is lukewarm
  • Fill tub with some water, then wet your pet with a cup or the shower hose
  • Lather
  • Avoid cleaning too close to the eyes and ears
  • Use a cup or shower hose to rinse
  • Wrap your animal in a large towel
  • If your cat or dog will tolerate a hair dryer, use the lowest setting to dry
  • Comb or brush

You might also want to leave the mess for someone else; look for a local self-wash facility near you.

Help my pet lose weight

  • Institute changes gradually
  • Engage your pet in daily activity and play
  • Consider a switch to dry food from canned
  • Choose food high in protein, without added by-products, sugars, and fillers
  • Don’t give your pet table scraps
  • Make sure no one is sneaking treats to your poor “starving” pet
  • Consider sliced apples, carrots, canned low-sodium green beans, or other safe fresh fruits or veggies for treats

Always consult a vet before putting your pet on a diet

Support my local animal shelter

  • Offer your time: Many shelters need volunteers to interact with animals, help with office work, or shuttle animals to adoption events.
  • Give the money you might have spent on next season’s must-have bag or must-see concert.

Donate items such as these:

  • Blankets or towels
  • Heating pads
  • Dog food or treats
  • Cat food or treats
  • Baby food
  • Cloth diapers
  • Pee pads
  • Cat litter
  • Leashes
  • Office supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Stamps
  • Gift cards for pet stores or office-supply stores

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