tips for happy pets

Here are some tips to help get your newly adopted pet settled in:

  • Provide a calm, quiet, stress free and reassuring environment
  • Bring your newly adopted pet to your veterinarian as soon as possible for a check-up and discuss any concerns
  • Ask the veterinary doctor about:
    • Vaccination
    • Food
    • Dental health
    • Possible blood test
    • When should we spay her/neuter our pet
    • What if my animal gets sick shortly after adoption?

IS IT OK TO GIVE MY PET HUMAN MEDS?

It’s surprising how many pet owners think it’s acceptable to use ibuprofen or aspirin when they run out of their dogs’ arthritis drugs. Never give your pet medication without consulting with your vet first!

HUMAN FOODS YOUR DOG CAN EAT

Carrots: Good source of vitamins and fiber and good for dog’s teeth.
Peanut butter: an occasional tablespoon of unsalted peanut butter is a treat
Yogurt: High in protein and calcium, plain yogurt is an ideal treat
Oatmeal: A good source of fiber, for dogs with irregular bowel issues. COOK BUT DO NOT ADD SUGAR
Salmon: Omega 3 fatty acids for a shinier coat
Chicken: extra protein
Broccoli: In small portions a great nutrition boost
Pumpkin: Another good source of fiber and vitamin A.
Cottage cheese: Good source of calcium and protein (not recommended for dogs that have issues digesting dairy.
Green beans:Good source of iron and vitamins.
Eggs: An occasional egg is a healthy snack. Cooked eggs give your dog a protein boost

HUMAN FOODS YOUR CAT CAN EAT (small portions)

Salmon: A good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can be a delicious and tasty treat for cats
Spinach: Full of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C and K, iron and calcium.
Eggs: A great source of vitamin B and protein (cooked eggs only)
Cantaloupe: High in antioxidants and beta-carotene, which helps maintain healthy skin and eye health.
Apples: High in fiber and vitamin C
Blueberries: A good source of vitamins A and C
Peas: High in fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A.
Chicken: A good source of lean protein
Bananas: High in potassium and soluble fiber, bananas are a cat-safe snack
Pumpkin: Low in calories and high in fiber
Cheese: Cheddar, Swiss or Gouda are high in calcium and protein and can be easily baked into treats or fed to your cat raw in small amounts.