National Pet Month is here and it’s that time of the year to remember why we love our pets! They are our loyal, caring best friends and we are celebrating by collecting donations for ‘4 Legged Friends of Lubbock‘ through the end of the month. If you decide you’d like to give something, just drop off your donations in our lobby and we will get them to the organization. The items they are most in need of include: medium or large crates (wire or plastic), stainless steel food bowls (all sizes), dog beds (all sizes), towels and blankets, paper towels, toys, treats, leashes/collars, rawhides and bleach.
In addition to donating, feel free to celebrate this month in the following ways:
Mircochip Your Pet: Although most pets have collars, those can be removed or broken, so microchipping is an attractive option if you want reassurance that your pet would most likely be returned if lost. Microchipping is a painless procedure that inserts a radio-frequency identification implant, which is no bigger than a grain of rice. If you are worried about the costs of microchipping, it is fairly affordable and prices average around $45. Below are some compelling statistics of pets being reunited with their families because of a microchip:
- The return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 percent.
- The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was over 38 percent.
Flea or Tick Prevention: Preventing your animal from getting fleas or ticks is important because it ensures your furry friend does not get flea allergies, hot spots, tapeworms or Lyme disease. Taking precaution with fleas and ticks will also prevent them from infesting your home! Preventative steps are much more affordable than the after problem that arises from fleas and ticks. Visit your local vet to find the right treatment your pet.
Heartworm Prevention: Heartworm is a disease that can be prevented with safe, easy and inexpensive methods. There are many routes you can take to prevent heartworm disease ranging from daily to monthly tablets to tasty chewables. In the long run, heartworm prevention is vital for your four-legged friend so that they will have less problems as they grow.
Importance of Excercise & Social Interaction: Exercise and socializing with your pet will help in more ways than you might think. Socializing your animal will result in better behavior in public, not only around other humans but also other pets. Additionally, it is a win-win for you and your furry friend because when you give your pet exercise, they are more than likely to snooze for hours, which helps if your animal is hyperactive. Don’t worry if you have a busy schedule because there are several places to take your furry friend like our daycare that provides safe and fun activities to keep your pet active!
Donate or Adopt A Pet: 6 to 8 million is the number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year. The best place to look for a pet is at a shelter because you get to save a life! If you are still searching for a loveable furry friend or know someone else who is looking, there is no better place to start than to look at our local non-profit shelters like: 4 Legged Friends of Lubbock, Morris Safe House, The Haven and Saving Grace Pit Bull Rescue.