Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

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Dog Responsible Pet Ownership

How to be a responsible pet owner


 
In the
United States...
2,000 pets an hour are
“put to sleep”.
Please...
Help stop unnecessary deaths.
Be a responsible pet owner.
 


1. Select the right pet.

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Selecting the right pet is the first and most important step. The “wrong” pet makes for an unhappy

owner.

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Consider your lifestyle: Do you have the time and energy to give your pet enough attention and exercise?


2. Spay or neuter your pet.

 

It's the right thing to do! Why? Pick a reason:


Spaying and neutering...


 
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Prevents unwanted litters;

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Prevents cancer and other diseases;

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Makes pets calmer and more content;

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Reduces spotting and spraying problems;

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Discourages roaming and fighting.



 
True or false?
A neutered pet
will get fat!
False! Diet and exercise determine this, not the animal's reproductive status.
Animals need
to reproduce!
False! This is a myth. Pets don't need to reproduce - not even “just one litter”.
 


To assist pet owners, Saint Louis County Animal Control Services operates Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter Program.



3. Use proper identification

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The rabies identification tag is your pet's “Free phone call home!”

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The law requires that pets wear rabies tags.

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The most common reason pets are not found: - No Identification!

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A frequent excuse for missing tags: “We just gave our pet a bath...”


What you, and only  you, can do for your pet:

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Provide proper training.

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Confine dogs to your home or in a fenced yard.

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Keep cats indoors.



 
Average Life Span for Cats:

Outdoor Cat

3 years

Indoor Cat

12 to 15 years

 


4. Proper control, vaccination and care - the humane thing to do.

For Saint Louis County information on:

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Finding a lost pet

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Adopting a pet

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Training a pet

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Financial aid for spaying and neutering or

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What to do if you can no longer keep a pet...


Please call us at (314) 615-0672

Or visit one of our shelters for more information.


To adopt a pet:

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Check our Adopting a Pet page, then visit a shelter.

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Visit a St. Louis area pet adoption website, such as...

 

- APA

 

- Humane Society