Pet Care Features
Did you know that cigarette smoke increases the risk of cancer in cats, dogs and birds? Learn more about how you can protect your pet.
Learn more about protecting your pet during the winter with tips from the Lexington Humane Society, the ASPCA and more. Learn more.
Did you know there are many hazards to your pet lurking in your yard? The ASPCA Guide to Pet-Safe Gardening offers tips for pet-safe gardens.
Each year, approximately four million cats end up in shelters. Thousands of kittens are born in the spring and summer. Many people don't realize the surge of cats and kittens shelters experience during this time. All of them are looking for good homes. Learn more.
May brings two very important events for animal lovers. The first is National Be Kind to Animals Week. This event, celebrated since 1915, is sponsored by the American Humane Association and celebrates the unique bond between animals and people. Learn more.
Spring is a beautiful time of year. However, like every season, it brings its own special concerns for our animal companions. Many of the wonderful things we enjoy are hazardous to our pets. Learn more.
During challenging economic times, finding the money to do what is right for your pet may become increasingly difficult. Fortunately, many organizations are working hard to find ways to help you help your pets. Learn more about the resources available.
February is National Prevent a Litter Month. Did you know that, according to the experts at North Shore Animal League, spaying and neutering just one male and one female cat will prevent more than 2,000 unwanted births in just four years -and more than 2 million in 8 years?! Many area shelters are offering assistance on February 24, National Spay Day. Resources are listed below. Also, don't forget your pet on Valentine's Day. Below you will find tips on how to keep your pet safe during this holiday.
Valentine's Day Pet Safety
- The ASPCA wants you to enjoy a pet-friendly Valentine's Day. Review their tips for keeping your furry valentine safe.
National Prevent a Litter Month
- North Shore Animal League has timely information available about National Prevent a Litter Month.
- The Humane Society of the United States Pet Overpopulation Estimates also provide important statistics on why pet overpopulation is something we should all work to prevent.
- The Woodford Humane Society provides "Top Ten Reasons to Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered" as well as a list of local, low-cost spay/neuter and TNR programs in Central Kentucky.
Holidays can be fun for people, but distressing for pets. While it may seem exciting to us, pets can become very stressed and even in danger from holiday activities and decorations. Pets thrive on routine and anything that disrupts that routine can be very upsetting to them. Take a few minutes now to review some important tips on how to make the holidays fun and safe for your pet.
- Keep your Pets Safe and Happy During the Holiday Season from Humane Society of the U.S.
- Holiday Pet Safety Tips from the ASPCA
October is National Pet Wellness Month. Keep your pet's health and well-being in mind as you celebrate. Halloween festivities can be fun for people, but distressing for pets. Pets thrive on routine and anything that disrupts that routine can be very upsetting to them. Take a few minutes now to review some important tips on how to make Halloween fun and safe for your pet.
- Spare Your Pet the Spooks this Halloween from the Humane Society of the United States
- Halloween Safety Tips from the ASPCA
- 7 things you can do to make Halloween safer for your pet from the American Veterinary Medical Association
Are you prepared to care for your pet during a disaster? Have you gathered your resources and formulated a plan for your pets should a disaster occur? Have you thought about and made plans for all of your pets? They are counting on us to provide for them no matter what circumstances arise. Take a few minutes to review some of the resources available to help assist you as you make your preparations. You faithful companions will thank you should a disaster ever strike. And remember, If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND!
Resources to help you plan:
- Disaster Preparedness for Pets from the Humane Society of the United States
- Preparing your Pets for Emergencies (pdf) from the Department of Homeland Security
- Pet and Disaster Safety Checklist (pdf) from the Red Cross
- FEMA Information for Pet Owners
Review these warm weather tips for you and your pet today.
- Keep Pets Safe in the Heat from the Human Society of the United States
- Keeping Pets Cool in the Summer from Healthypet.com provides information for you to consider as warm weather approaches.
- Hot Weather Tips from the ASPCA
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