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Websites of Interest:
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(yearly magazine subscription)
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Important Websites for local pet owners!
Dog parks in Westchester / spay & neuter info / to report animal abuse
If you are looking for a certified dog trainer & behavior
Pet Clean-up Tip:
Looking for a natural solution to clean pet messes? Simply open your pantry door. Baking soda absorbs pet odors in carpets and upholstery. Simply sprinkle it on the surface, let it sit a few hours and vacuum it up.
Coping with Allergies to Companion Animals One thing to know about being a pet owner is that it is never easy. While pets bring joy and companionship to our lives on a daily basis, they also require training, veterinary care, time, love, attention, and even tolerance. And that tolerance is especially necessary when a pet owner is allergic to his or her companion animal.Studies show that approximately 15% of the population is allergic to dogs or cats. An estimated one-third of persons in the U.S. who are allergic to cats (about 2 million people) live with at least one cat in their household anyway. In a study of 341 adults who were allergic to cats or dogs and had been advised by their physicians to give up their pets, only one out of five did. What's more, 122 of them obtained another pet after a previous pet had died. It's clear that the benefits of pet companionship outweigh the drawbacks of pet allergies for many pet owners. Living comfortably with a companion animal despite being allergic to him requires a good understanding of the allergic condition and adherence to a few rules. All cats and dogs are allergenic (allergy-causing) to people who are allergic to animals. Cats tend to be more allergenic than dogs for most allergic people, although some people are more sensitive to dogs than cats. Contrary to popular belief, there are no "non-allergenic" breeds of dogs or cats; even hairless breeds of dogs and cats may be highly allergenic. Dogs with soft, constantly-growing hair the poodle for example may be less irritating to some individuals, although this may be because they are bathed and groomed more frequently. One dog or cat of a particular breed may be more irritating to an individual allergy sufferer than another animal of that same breed.
7 Steps to Happier Pets:
Nearly 8 million pets end up in shelters each year, separated from their families. Don't let your pet be a statistic! Here are seven simple steps from The Humane Society of the United States to help keep your pet a loved and loving member of your family.
- Make sure your pet always wears up-to-date identification.
- Don't let behavior problems break up the family! Address problem behavior, consult with a professional if necessary, and take dogs and pups to training classes. Also learn how to prevent dog bites!
- Visit the veterinarian at least once a year.
- Spay or neuter your pet.
- Have a family disaster plan that includes your pets.
- Provide for your pets in case something happens to you and you can't care for them yourself.
- Adopt your next pet from an animal shelter.
(Reprinted with permission from The Humane Society of the United States)