Your pets can be poisoned if they ingest gas, oil or antifreeze that is stored in open containers or drips onto the pavement. Dispose of these used automotive fluids properly by calling the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline.
Always carry something to put your dog's waste in when taking them for a walk. If their waste is left behind, it can wash into gutters and storm drains, thereby carrying dangerous diseases into local bodies of water. Scoop up their poop and flush it down the toilet or put it in the trash.
There are already more puppies and kittens than there are homes for them, so get your pet spayed or neutered. Visit your vet or city's Department of Animal Services for information on these procedures.
Spaying and neutering your pet will help. Put a stop to the overabundance of homeless dogs and cats. Therefore adopting an animal will assist this situation as well. Go to your local animal shelter and give a lonely puppy or kitten a good home.
Keep your pet free from disease by vaccinating them. Also put a license tag on them to help ensure they are returned to you if they get lost. Again your city's Department of Animal Services often provides these services.
Changing your pet's food and water on a regular basis is not only considerate to them, but will also help you avoid pest infestation in your home. Keep your pet's food area clean and throw away old food in their dishes. By doing these things, you will eliminate the attraction of dirty pests, insects and disease.
It's recommended that you wash your pet in an indoor bathtub or sink using less toxic shampoos or have him/her professionally groomed. Even if shampoos or soaps are biodegradable, they can be toxic to humans. Also, consider using less toxic alternatives such as oral or topical flea control products. If you do use flea control products such as shampoos, sprays or collars, dispose of the unused quantities properly and call the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline for help with this.
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