Happy New Year! January is Walk Your Pet Month!
We love to reward our companions with treats, but how much extra padding is too much? According to AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association, it is estimated that up to 59% of dogs and cats are overweight. What does this mean for the health and longevity of our pets? How can we as responsible pet owners be proactive about managing our pet’s weight?
The first step to being proactive is to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to assess your pet’s overall health. At this appointment you and your vet can set personalized health goals for actively managing your pet’s weight. Some of these goals may incorporate measuring your pet’s food at each meal time and switching your pet to a prescription diet. You might also create a plan to encourage more activity in your pet’s lifestyle.
Want to read more about pet obesity? Visit the Veterinary Partner link below.
Get out and explore!
Tired of that same old walk around your neighborhood? One of the amazing privileges of living in Humboldt County is that there is always a new place for you and your dog (s) to explore.
Play on one of our beautiful beaches!
Or, hit the trails in one of our magical forests
Headwater’s Forest Preserve
Don’t forget to be prepared when hitting the trails or beach!
Part of being a responsible pet owner is being prepared when you and your companion are out on an adventure. Picking up your pet’s fecal matter helps prevent the spread of intestinal parasites to other animals and humans. The EPA classifies pet waste as a form of storm water pollution. When fecal matter is left to decompose on the ground, harmful bacteria and pathogens can make their way into local storm water systems. Bring poop bags with you or utilize the provided bags at your local park.
Be sure to bring plenty of water and a collapsible bowl if going out for long remote hikes in the forest or on one of our county’s beaches.
Consider your walk an opportunity to bond with your companion. You may want to bring treats along to reinforce various training techniques such as leash etiquette and retrieving balls.