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Monday, May 4, 2009

How to Show Appreciation For Your Pet - National Pet Week May 3-9, 2009

Pets are undoubtedly man’s best friend. They have unquestioning loyalty and are always there to cheer us up.

Benefits of Pets:
• Stress relief
• Decrease feelings of loneliness
• Increase social contact
• Positively influence child social development and self-esteem
• Assistance dogs – therapy dogs, guide dogs
• Community work – search and rescue, customs
• Stock work

This week is the time to start showing our appreciation for their unconditional companionship:
• Have your pet examined by the vet regularly to ensure your pet is healthy
• Spend more time with your pet each day
• Exercise with your pet regularly
Take your pets on holiday with you
• Socialize your pet by taking them to dog parks or dog day care
• Feed your pet the appropriate ‘complete and balanced’ diet
Avoid foods that are poisonous to pets
Safe guard your home from common poisons
Avoid toxic plants

Share ideas on how you make your pet feel special!

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