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Pet Tales Autumn

Pet Tales Autumn

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MESSENGER 
POST
 MEDIA
PetTales
AUTUMN EDITION
Advertising supplement for September 19, 2013
 
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PET TALES • AUTUMN EDITION
Teaching children to beresponsible pet owners
BY FAMILY FEATURES
While it may eel like your children will never stop asking or a pet, there area number o positive reasons or bringing one into your home. In additionto the love and companionship a pet brings, having one can be a great wayto teach children accountability.At rst glance, children may not see the work involved in pet ownership.But teaching children interactive ways to care or their new-ound riendcan evoke a sense o pride and responsibility that is hard to nd in otherdaily activities.
Here are some tips to make these lessons un and easy or kids.
Teach animal needs:
Pets need many o the same things humansneed, like ood, water and shelter. Break it down or kids to understand thatin order to keep their new riend healthy, they need to help provide theseneeds, and that certain rules must be ollowed.
Make cleaning a rutine:
A healthy, clean environment is a must orpets o all shapes and sizes. Divide responsibilities and enlist each childwith dierent duties, such as making sure ood and water bowl areas, cagesand litter boxes are maintained and clean.
Create a fun feeding chart:
Just like breakast or ater-school snacks,animals also need nourishment throughout the day. Develop a pet eedingschedule with your children so they understand the importance o specictimes or eeding. A weekly chart on the wall is a un way to keep tracko the meals. Simply decorate a dry erase board and make sure you haveplenty o animal stickers and brightly colored markers on hand.
Give them attentin:
Pets require plenty o attention. From dailyaection to regular exercise, setting aside time to play and interact withyour pet should not be orgotten.
Make a special pet spt:
Just like their owners, pets love to have theirown special area to relax. Let the kids pick out the accessories or their newriend—be it a hot pink puppy bed or coastal-inspired sea decor or thebottom o the sh bowl. I your riend is eline, remember they requirea special litter area. Making sure this area is maintained with the properproducts is an important way to keep your cat happy.
Practice pet wnership:
I your amily doesn’t own a pet yet considerpracticing pet ownership. Ask neighbors or amily i you can pet-sit or aweekend. With your child in charge o taking care o the animal, they’ll seersthand whether they are up to the task. You will also be able to gauge i it is a proper decision or you as a amily.Following these tips can ensure pets are getting the best care possible,while also teaching kids key lie skills. Your kids will enjoy proving they areresponsible, dependable members o the amily.
 
PET TALES • AUTUMN EDITION
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AUTUMN SAFETY HAZARDS
or pets
The all season is a wonderul time to spend outdoors withyour pets, but there are some hazards that need to bewatched out or.
Mushrms
There are many types o wild mushrooms that are toxic topets, as well as people. Depending on the type ingested,they can cause diarrhea, vomiting, kidney or liver ailure.The onset o clinical signs can also vary rom within an hourup to two days ater consumption. The death cap mushroom(Amanita mushroom) is endemic around this area. Dogsshould be closely monitored outdoors to make sure they donot ingest these or other types o mushrooms.
Rdenticides
With the weather getting colder, rodents will seek warmshelter in houses. Rodenticides are poisonous to pets, just as they are toxic to the rodents they ght against.Ingestion will cause severe bleeding that can lead to death.Keep track o the rodenticides used in your home and keep them out o thereach o pets. Contact your veterinarian immediately i you know, or suspect,your pet has gotten into a rodenticide.
Hallween
Chocolate is a popular people treat and is even more popular around Halloween.Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but many don’t realize thereis not a set toxic dose. The toxicity level o chocolate is based on what type o chocolate is eaten, how much is consumed and how much your pet weighs.You should contact your veterinarian i your pet gets into any chocolate.Common toxic eects seen with chocolate are vomiting, diarrhea, restlessnessand tremors.
 Xylitl
Xylitol, an articial sweetener, is another toxin that aectsdogs. It is most commonly ound in sugar-ree gum,but it can also be ound in other sugar-ree candies anddental products (toothpastes, mouthwashes). It will causeseverely low blood sugar, which can result in weakness,uncoordinated movements and seizures. It can also causeacute liver ailure.
Thanksgiving
This is one o the most popular holidays in which peoplelike to indulge in oods and allow their pets to enjoy in theirmeal as well. Be aware that turkey bones (or other animalbones) can potentially get stuck and/or pierce a hole in theesophagus or any portion o the digestive tract. The attyoods that humans eat can also cause pancreatitis in pets,which maniests most requently as abdominal pain andvomiting.
Antifreeze
Antireeze is extremely toxic to animals and tastes good to them. A very smallamount will cause kidney ailure and death in dogs and cats. Make sure plentyo water is available or your pets and be sure to store this product saely andout o reach o pets. I there’s any suspicion that your pet may have consumedantireeze, veterinary care should be sought immediately.
 A New Jersey native, Dr. De Vito graduated cum laude in 2009 rom Cook College,Rutgers - The State University o New Jersey with a BS in Animal Science. She thenwent on to Virginia-Maryland Regional College o Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2013. Her proessional interests are working with small animalsand equines, emergency medicine, reproduction and cardiology. She would liketo pursue a residency in radiology.
Stephanie DeVit, DVM
Veterinary Specialistsand Emergency ServiceMonroe Veterinary Associates

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