I Found A Lost or Stray Pet: Now What?

Elmhurst_iStock_000017412926_DoubleAs a consummate animal lover, you may rejoice at the chance to help a stranded or lost pet, but it can definitely be unnerving for some, including the animal. Of course, the four-legged friend that took up residence under your deck or on your front stoop may be a stray without a devoted owner. He or she could also have a warm, loving home somewhere with a worried or heartbroken pet parent waiting.

If you have found a stray or lost pet, or just want to know what to do if that ever happens, there are simple things you can do to help. The following ideas, intended with everyone’s safety and security in mind, will help:

Pet Dental Care and Its Impact on Overall Pet Health

Elmhurst_iStock_000049435134_LargeWhile pet dental care can sound daunting, it’s an incredibly undervalued aspect of pet health. After all, our pets can’t choose to learn the tricks of good dental care or tooth brushing. They depend on us to provide daily dental care to keep them from developing dental and gum diseases. And, while brushing your dog or – even more daunting – your cat’s teeth each day doesn’t sound like a trip to the beach, it does help prevent periodontal disease and other serious health conditions.

Before you run the other way, keep in mind that both your pet and you can adjust to the dental care routine, making it far less difficult in the future. All you need to begin is a bit of instruction and some understanding of why dental care is so important to overall health. Continue…