February 25 is World Spay Day! Spaying or neutering your dog or cat can be extremely beneficial.
Some pet owners are nervous that after their furry friend has been altered that they will not be the same companion that they were prior to the surgery. There is no need to worry about this at all. Your lovable pet will be just the same.
Spaying or neutering your dog or cat has a great impact not only on the wellness of the animal, but also the well-being of your community. Visit SAhumane.org/spayneuter and check out benefits of spay/neuter, some of which include:
For more information or to make a spay or neuter appointment, go to SAhumane.org/spayneuter!
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that love isn’t still in the air. I’m not talking about Cupid, chocolates, or flowers (…don’t worry guys you’re not in the dog house).
February 20th is another very special day of love, for your pet! National Love Your Pet Day is a great opportunity to show your furry, finned, or feathery friends how much you adore them. It’s also an awesome day to welcome a new member to your family, by adopting at the San Antonio Humane Society and showering your new pet with lots of love!
Of course, we should show our lovable life companions affection every single day, but February 20th provides owners with a chance to do something extra special for their dog, cat, hamster, bird, etc. You don’t need to take them to dinner and a movie or buy them jewelry; an extra treat or some special pampering will be perfect for your pet!
If you are not a pet owner, National Love Your Pet Day is an awesome day to adopt an animal and give them the forever family that they long for. If you are interested in adopting a dog or cat, please visit SAhumane.org and view the dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that are available for adoption at the SAHS.
Even if you are not a pet person or your lifestyle isn’t suitable for a pet, you can still contribute to this day of pet love. Donate! Whether you contribute monetarily or give of your time as a Volunteer, Foster, or an Ambassador you will be making a dramatic difference in the lives of so many animals at the SAHS.
February 20th is also a very special day for the San Antonio Humane Society. This date marks the one year anniversary of when we first started blogging! To check out our first blog visit SAhumane.tumblr.com!
We always love to see the ways that pets are being shown love. So, if you take any pictures of your pet on National Love Your Pet Day send them to us to feature on our SAHS Facebook page! E-mail your photo/s to firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to show your pet a little extra T-L-C and L-O-V-E on Thursday, February 20!
One of the best feelings in the world is when you know that your dog or cat loves you just as much you adore them. Humans show affection in a variety of different ways from smiling to hugging and just like humans, dogs and cats have their own ways to show fondness. This Valentine’s Day see if you can spot some of the ways that your furry friend is showing you love!
You might be wondering, “Does my dog/cat really love me back?” The answer is yes! Dogs and cats revolve their world solely around you as their owner, so of course they love you. Some signs of affection are obvious like your dog happily wagging his/her tail or your cat loudly purring, but other signs aren’t very apparent and might even be disliked by some owners.
Healthy Pets provides a few common ways that dogs and cats share their love. Here are a few examples of how our fantastic felines love:
Now for our darling dogs, here are a few ways that Healthy Pets states that canines show that they care:
Obviously, pet owners are not overly fond of the idea of their cat scratching or chewing their belongings or their dog jumping or crotch sniffing, but next time before you scold them remember that they are just trying to show you they care. How would you feel if you walked up to your best friend super excited and gave them a big hug and they yelled at you? You would be confused and your feelings would probably be hurt and that’s exactly how your dog or cat feels when their attention was not meant to upset you.
There are also some irresistibly adorable ways that dogs and cats show their love. For example, Paw Nation counts down “13 Ways Your Dog Shows Love,” a few ways include: looking after you when you’re sick, following you around, and roughhousing. Cats also show their love in sweet ways. Vet Street shows “10 Ways Your Cat Shows You Love,” some of which include: cheek rubbing you, holding eye contact and sharing a soft blink, and kneading his/her paws on your lap.
Dogs and cats already hold a super power of their own by simply being lovable, but now that you know some of the unique ways that they are showing their love to you they are even more irresistible! Take some time this Valentine’s Day to show your pet how much you love them and try to observe the ways that they are telling you that they love you too!
We’ve all experienced that moment of cuddling up with our cat or dog feeling completely peaceful, until they open their mouth. It’s no secret, dogs and cats can have pretty bad breath, but are you doing everything that you can to properly care for your furry friend’s dental hygiene?
No one likes to have bad breath and that includes your pet. February is National Pet Dental Health Month so maybe it’s time to take your pet in for a dental cleaning. Yes, you read that last sentence correctly. Dogs and cats need their teeth cleaned too!
There are many different types of toothpaste and toothbrushes especially made for your pet! The ASPCA suggests to “…brush your dog’s teeth daily, just like you brush your own.” Imagine waking up everyday and going to sleep every night without brushing your teeth. Sorry, but here is the brutally honest truth, your breath would smell awful and your teeth probably wouldn’t be very healthy. The same is true for your pets. Pet MD states, “…daily tooth brushing not only helps maintain the health of a cat’s teeth and gums, but can also prevent more widespread health problems down the line.”
As an owner of two dogs and three cats I fully understand what you must be thinking now, “How in the world am I supposed to brush my dog/cat’s teeth?” or you might even be thinking, “Why can’t I just buy my pet dental sticks and toys?” Brushing your pet’s pearly whites (…or unfortunately yellows!) is a learning process for both the owner and the animal. The ASPCA offers a step-by-step guide of how to brush your dog’s teeth. A few suggestions include:
For my fellow feline families this task probably seems close to impossible. However, the Pet Health Network provides an extremely helpful video to walk you through brushing your cat’s teeth. During the video a few tips they provide include:
To answer the question of dental sticks and toys, while these products help to scrape the plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth they should not serve as a substitute to regular brushing and veterinarian dental cleanings. They should also be used with supervision, as some animals have been known to choke on the pieces as they chew.
Make an appointment with your pets’ veterinarian this month! It’s time for their pearly whites to be white again and for cuddle time to be uninterrupted by bad breath.
For more information about pet dental hygiene please visit SAhumane.org or visit any of the resources used above.
It’s easy to assume that while you are walking down the street or through a pet store and see a dog that it is automatically alright to show him/her affection. Personally, I know it’s hard to resist instantly cuddling and fawning over these furry friends. However, some dogs require some extra personal space.
After reading an article on SPCA International, I learned something very interesting about a new warning that owners are using to caution strangers to give their pet a little space instead of showering them with attention. Owners are attaching a yellow ribbon to their dog’s leashes to serve as a yield sign to others and say as SPCA International states, “Dog needs space—do not approach.”
You might be wondering, “What’s wrong with their dog?” or “Why can’t I pet him/her?” Don’t immediately make the assumption that the dog is mean or that the owner doesn’t know how to train their pet. There are many reasons the owner may not want you to approach their pooch. For example, the dog might be in the process of being trained, getting adjusted to socialization, have fear issues, or simply be wary of new people. All of these traits could cause the animal to become stressed and behave inappropriately or possibly dangerously.
Try to think about it from the dog’s perspective. What if a complete stranger came up to you while you were taking a walk and started patting your head, getting close to your face, talking loudly, and basically invading any boundaries of personal space? I don’t know about you, but I would definitely be scared!
Therefore, it is important to think about the appropriate ways to approach a dog. According to an article on CesarsWay.com entitled “Yellow Dogs Need Space” a good rule to always follow is “No talk, no touch, no eye contact.” Here are some tips from USAToday.com in an article titled “Pet Talk: How to pet a dog, a lesson for kids and parents”:
The Yellow Dog Project is helping to promote education and provide dogs with a caution sign to strangers to either seek permission to approach the dog or avoid approaching at all. For more information about The Yellow Dog Project and the proper ways to approach a dog, visit theyellowdogproject.com or any of the websites above.