October is a wonderful month for pets. It is both National Pet Wellness Month and National Animal Safety and Protection Month. There are plenty of ways to observe this month that will create a better life for your pup and you. Here are a few ideas:
National Pet Wellness Month
Schedule a Vet Check
While your pooch will not be thrilled with the idea, scheduling their regular vet check up will help your pet stay healthy and happy. If you have a dog that is very nervous about going to the vet you can help ease their mind with a few steps.
First, make sure your pup is comfortable in the car. Take them on a few car rides to places like the park, pet store, or just a simple drive. This way, they will be happier to go to in the car. Also, have what you will need for the check up in the car. Have the paperwork needed, a leash, a handful of kibble, and plenty of water. This will help make transporting your pet easier and less stressful.
Update Their Diet
If you have not given your pup’s diet a lot of thought, it may be time to do so. You can research the food you give your dog and compare it to other food options. This will help you make an educated decision about how to feed your dog, and what will help them have a happier, healthier, and longer life.
Go for a Walk
While we’re sure you do this plenty already, you can always take your pup out for another walk. They will be thrilled to spend time with you and you both will get some exercise. Try to make a point to walk your pooch for at least 20 minutes every day. If you can walk longer, it will only be more beneficial.
National Animal Safety and Protection Month
Learn CPR for Your Pup
This is so important to learn before you adopt a dog. You can be trained by any trainer and can review regularly via YouTube videos and other online resources. By learning CPR for your dog, you will be able to save your pooch’s life if a situation occurs. Be sure to practice and review regularly so if and when the time comes that you need to perform CPR you will be ready.
Learn the Heimlich Maneuver for Dogs
Another important safety measure to learn is the Heimlich Maneuver for dogs. If your dog begins to choke, whether from eating something they shouldn’t or too much of something, you need to act quickly. You can be trained by a professional trainer and then review via trusted online resources. By doing so, you’ll be prepared to help your dog in any situation.
Make a First-Aid Kit
A First-Aid Kit is a wonderful way to ensure your pet’s safety and wellness. You should be sure to have the basics like gauze, hydrogen peroxide, and bandages, as well as water, surgical scissors, and coated aspirin. Aspirin is safe for dogs and can help reduce inflammation and pain.