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Pets 101

Note from the Mayor’s Alliance

It’s a fact: 
Our animal companions are good for our health and well-being.

But ask yourself: 
Are you doing everything you can to ensure theirs?

Nutritious food, appropriate exercise, good socialization, and a comfortable environment are all important aspects to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your pet. Routine checkups at the vet can help to ensure any health issues that might arise are treated early. Regular dental care is important, as are appropriate vaccinations as recommended bNYC Guardian and Pety your vet. And if your pet is injured or becomes ill, immediate medical attention can mean the difference between life and death.

If your dog or cat has not been spayed or neutered, you are not only taking a chance on an unexpected litter of kittens or puppies joining your household, you are missing out on a major opportunity to avoid problem behaviors like spraying (cats), and marking or aggression (dogs), and to protect your pet’s health.  A spayed or neutered pet is less likely to develop certain health problems later in life, including some cancers and infections.

Preventing health problems before they develop is the best way to protect your pet’s health and ensure his or her well-being throughout his or her lifetime.  Unfortunately, some pet parents think they have to cut back on routine vet visits, or put off seeking treatment for a pet’s condition, for economic reasons. But that needn’t be the case. In New York City, free and low-cost resources for veterinary care, including spay/neuter services, are available. To locate them, visit the Mayor’s Alliance “Affordable Pet Services” page at www.animalalliancenyc.org/yourpet/affordable.htm.

Steve Gruber, 
Director of Communications 
Mayor’s Alliance 
for NYC’s Animals

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