As we head into 2015, many of us are setting goals for the year ahead. But as you write out your New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to keep your pets in mind as well!
Here are a few of our tips for making 2015 a happy and healthy year for your furry friends:
Schedule a check-up: Now is the perfect time to pay a visit to your veterinarian. Annual veterinary exams will help ensure that your pet is up-to-date on the latest vaccinations and flea/heartworm medications. It will also help avoid preventable health problems like diabetes and arthritis. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has seen the vet, make an appointment today!
Take a hike: If you plan to focus on fitness this year, be sure to incorporate your pets! We think taking a stroll through your neighborhood or an afternoon hike is always more exciting when you bring your furry friends along. Adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of exercise twice a day—jogging, playing fetch, and swimming are all great options. Keep your feline friends in shape with rousing play sessions and fun furry toys.
Glamorous grooming: Now that the hectic holiday season has come to a close, consider giving your pet’s fur, teeth, nails and ears some extra attention in the New Year. Resolve to brush your pet every day and check their teeth, nails and ears at least once a week. Routine care is important for your pet’s health and hygiene, and it has the added bonus of making them feel happy, clean and loved.
IDs, please: It’s important for all pets—even the ones who live indoors—to wear an ID tag. January is a good time to make sure that all their information is up-to-date, or to invest in tags if you haven’t already. Implanted microchips are also a smart option.
Lend a hand to pets in need: If you’re dedicated to helping animals in need this year, we hope you’ll join us and resolve to become an ASPCA Guardian. For just 60 cents a day, you can make a huge impact on countless lives in 2015.
Are you setting any New Year’s resolutions for yourself or for your pets? We’d love to hear them! Please share in the comments.
It’s that time of year again! As part of the Subaru “Share the Love” Event, we’re hosting our annual Home for the Holidays photo contest to celebrate rescued pets and the people who gave them a second chance—and a loving home.
We hope you’ll join in the fun by sharing a festive photo of your pets enjoying the holidays on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #HolidaysWithMyPet. Make sure to tell us what makes sharing the holidays with your furry friend so great.
No more than one photo will be accepted, so take your best shot!
Be sure to tell all your friends—the top three photos will receive a special ASPCA Holiday Gift Pack. One grand prize winner will also receive $200 worth of Subaru pet travel gear!
Happy Thanksgiving from the ASPCA! We hope that you’re somewhere warm and cozy preparing for a big, delicious meal. But while it’s easy to get lost in thoughts of sweet potatoes and gravy, we also hope that you won’t forget hungry animals on this bountiful holiday.
Though it’s the season of giving, the reality is that animal hunger doesn’t stop during the holidays. In fact, winter is one of the most brutal seasons for homeless and neglected animals, and the ASPCA is working around the clock to provide food for those in need. But we can’t do it by ourselves.
Thanks to donations from animal-lovers all around the country, we have started hay initiatives for hungry horses, provided food and housing for dogs rescued from dog fighting, and granted thousands toward feeding animals in the wake of disasters. This month alone, we will provide nearly 30,000 meals for animals in the ASPCA Adoption Center.
It’s a lot of mouths to feed, but it’s not impossible. We know that animals can count on us when they’re hungry and suffering, and now we hope that we can count on you. This holiday season, give homeless, abused and neglected animals something to be thankful for: Make a donation to the ASPCA today.
The holiday season has officially begun, and there’s nothing more wonderful than getting into the spirit of giving. But while you’re going over your shopping list, why not consider giving your loved ones a gift that can truly change lives?
With ASPCA Holiday Honor Gifts, you’ll be able to help abused, abandoned and neglected animals by making a donation in the name of someone you love. It’s easy, it’s tax-deductible, and it’s a wonderful alternative to standard gift giving. And, as an added bonus, each honor gift comes with a free paper greeting card or e-card for your recipient.
A holiday honor gift is the perfect way to express your love for friends, family and furry companions while making a huge difference for animals in need. Send a holiday gift donation today.
Halloween, the spookiest, kookiest day of the year, is finally here! It’s time to bust out the glitter and fake blood, and dress up your pets in the cutest, cleverest costumes you can find. But wait—is trick-or-treat apparel really a good idea for your furry friends?
The ASPCA suggests putting your pet in a costume only if you’re sure he will enjoy it. Some pets love the limelight: wearing a costume and posing for pictures is a blast! Others prefer to stick to their birthday suits for all occasions, and being dressed like a pumpkin for their pet parents’ amusement can cause unnecessary stress.
If you decide to have your pet wear a costume, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
Your pet’s Halloween garb should not constrict his movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Be sure to try on costumes in advance—and if your furry friend seems distressed, you’ll want to ditch the lion’s mane or superhero cape.
Examine your pet’s costume and make sure it doesn’t have any small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get caught on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
IDs, please! Make sure your dog or cat has proper identification underneath that cute costume. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost during Halloween festivities, tags or a microchip can be lifesavers.