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FOR PET PARENTS:
Everyone wants what's best for their pets. Sometimes, we need a little help.
- Potty training. It's not just human babies that need it. Positive reinforcement and frequent walks can go a long way when it comes to training a new dog.
- The Big Question. That's right, weight. It's hard to say no to pet. But that can be detrimental to their quality of life, not to mention lifespan. Here are some tips and tricks to consider when your little guy becomes, well, not-so-little.
- Exams and Vaccines. Your pets need them too in order to stay healthy. Orefield Veterinary Clinic has details on why it's so important, as well as the risks.
- Seasonal care. Living in the Lehigh Valley has many advantages, but sometimes the change in weather can mean new challenges for our furry friends.
- Saying goodbye to a pet. It may be one the hardest things we ever do. Here is advice on when to let go, how to grieve the best ways to honor your pet's memory.
FOR POTENTIAL PET PARENTS:
Adopting a pet is a big commitment. Sometimes it's hard to know if you're ready. We have everything you need to know, before you go find your new bestie.
- Choosing between a cat, dog or something else? Don't worry. Orefield Vet Clinic is here to help you figure out what's best for your family, based on your lifestyle and preferences.
- What's the adoption process like? While this can vary from place to place, Starting Over Animal Rescue in Schnecksville has a great rundown of what to expect, how long it takes and the costs involved. Their motto? "Whoever said money can't buy happiness has never paid an adoption fee."
- Bring your baby home. There are certain steps you should take to prepare your home, including making sure it's safe and having everything you need. One pro tip? Place baby blankets or soft bedding in corners, to make your new pet feel comfortable.
- Introducing your pet to your family. Are you nervous about introducing your child to your new pet? Check out this advice on best practices.
- Consider options like fostering and volunteering. According to The Center for Animal Health & Welfare in Easton, fostering a pet makes room in shelters for other animals, potentially saving two lives. It's especially helpful for pets like pregnant moms, or babies vulnerable to infection. Other animals to consider fostering are ones who've spent a long time in a shelter and struggle with depression.
We've put together resources for every type of pet parent.
- Food: Is what you're feeding your fur baby safe? Check out this list of pet food recalls.
- PetFinder: This online, searchable database can help you find a local animal in a shelter near you. If you're looking for a specific breed, it's a great resource.
- Local, free flea treatment: Quakertown Veterinary Clinic was selected in a national clinical study to evaluate a new flea control medication. Those who participate can get flea medications and exams for free.
- Want to give back? Many local shelters have wish lists, in case you'd like to make a difference in the lives of animals and volunteers.
- Speaking of volunteers, you don't have to adopt an animal to make a difference. (Although we too, get the urge.) Plenty of local organizations are looking for volunteers to foster, help with events and walk dogs, which helps their mental health and makes them more adoptable. There are even programs for kids under the age of 12.