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October 4, 2012 by Tails Magazine in October 2012, Wellness with 0 Comments

Giving Your Pets Your Best

Pit Bull PuppyOur pets give us their best. It’s our responsibility to give them our best, too. That means caring for them to the best of our ability with nutritious food, appropriate exercise, good socialization, and a comfortable environment—all important ingredients for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. (Sound familiar? It’s pretty much the same for people, too.)

It also means making sure our pets receive the medical care they need. Routine checkups at the vet can help to ensure that any health issues that might arise are treated early. Regular dental care is important, as are appropriate vaccinations as recommended by your vet. And if your pet is injured or becomes ill, immediate medical attention can mean the difference between life and death.

Making sure your dog or cat has been spayed or neutered is one of the most important things you can do for them. If your pets have not been spayed or neutered, you’re missing out on a major opportunity to protect their health, and also to avoid problem behaviors like spraying (cats) and marking and aggression (dogs). A spayed or neutered pet is less likely to develop certain health problems later in life, including some cancers and infections, which can be costly to treat. Plus, you’re also risking the arrival of an unexpected litter of kittens or puppies joining your household.

Preventing health problems before they develop is the best way to protect your pets’ health and ensure their well-being throughout their lifetime. Sadly, economic hardship drives some pet parents to cut back on routine vet visits, or put off seeking treatment for a pet’s condition until the situation becomes serious. Ironically, delaying medical treatment in the hopes of saving money generally results in a greater expense to pet guardians when they finally seek medical care.

Certainly, economics affect many aspects of our lives, and it can impact how we care for our pets. But financial challenges need not prevent us from seeking alternatives to giving our pets what they need.

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ website, AnimalAllianceNYC.org, features a section entitled For Your Pet, designed specifically to assist pet guardians in finding affordable sources of goods and services for their pets so they can continue to provide for their pets despite economic setbacks. The information provided includes resources for low-cost veterinary care and financial assistance; free or low-cost spay/neuter services; low-cost microchipping and vaccinations; sources of help for free and low-cost pet food and supplies, as well as temporary pet boarding and foster care.

One particular page on the site can be a lifesaver should you need to locate emergency medical care for your pet, especially after hours or on weekends when your own vet might not be available. Our listing of after-hours veterinary clinics is arranged by borough, and the listings provide a quick link to each facility’s website so you can get the information you need to contact them right away.

Also featured on the site are sections on pet health and safety, legal resources, and information about pet-friendly housing. You’ll also find information about dog runs and parks in New York City.

Information is power. We have attempted to provide pet parents with current and useful information that will empower them to give their pets their very best. After all, they are the best!

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

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