Animal Care Tips
Your pet is a member of your family and your best friend at the same time, and we want to treat them that way, whether it’s with our care or with the information we provide. At South Shores Pet Clinic, we want you to be educated about a variety of pet care topics to help your companion live a full life that’s healthy and of course, fun! Below are five animal care tips to help you do just that:
- Walk Your Dog: Whether your schedule allows it daily or just once or twice a week, walking your dog can provide a number of benefits for both of you. Aside from the obvious exercise factor, it can strengthen the pet/owner bond and result in an overall happier dog. Walking your dog regularly can also eliminate any destructive behavior that results from boredom when they’re home alone.
- Give Your Cat a Window Perch: Cats are curious by nature and many of them love bird watching, squirrel watching, and just looking out the window. You can slake your pet’s curiosity and keep them busy by installing a window perch. Just be sure that the window and screen are secure, along with the perch itself, to prevent injury.
- Buy Interactive Toys: Both dogs and cats can enjoy an interactive toy. Many toys are designed to store food inside, which can keep pets entertained and active. Unfortunately, some pets might get a little bored with the same toy after a while, so consider buying a new interactive toy every month.
- Groom Your Pet: Grooming your pet can not only keep their skin and coat healthy, but can strengthen the pet/owner bond as well. In fact, many pets enjoy being groomed. Grooming can also reduce shedding when done regularly. If your pet needs a more expensive grooming, schedule an appointment for a professional grooming at our clinic by calling (310) 832-5327.
- Know Which Foods Are Toxic to Pets: Chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins, and foods with the sugar substitute xylitol are just a few of the foods that are known to be toxic to pets. Signs of food poisoning include vomiting and diarrhea, so avoid feeding your pet any toxic foods. For more information on toxic and nontoxic foods, visit the ASPCA’s People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page.