Keeping your pet healthy

Dogs, cats and horses have been our trusted companions throughout history and keeping them healthy is a top concern among their caregivers everywhere.

There are several factors influencing the growing demand for medicines, vaccines and related products and services for companion animals:

  • Economic development and related increases in disposable income
  • Increasing rates of pet ownership
  • Longer life expectancy for companion animals
  • Increased types of medical treatment now consumed for companion animals
  • Advances in animal health medicines and vaccines

Industry sources indicate that pet ownership and spending per pet are increasing globally, especially in emerging markets. As dogs and cats increasingly become members of the family, people in both developed and emerging markets are consuming a broader range of products and services to help their pets live longer, healthier lives.

  1. Keep your pet at a healthy weight and provide opportunities for exercise
  2. Feed your pet a balanced, nutritious diet
  3. Make sure your veterinarian examines your pet at least oncea year
  4. Vaccinate your pet against potentially deadly diseases suchas distemper, parvo, panleukopenia and rabies
  5. Consult with your vet to keep your pet free of parasites (fleas,ticks, heartworm, etc.)
  6. Learn basic first-aid procedures for pets and what suppliesto keep on hand
  7. Keep human medications out of reach of your pet
  8. Avoid feeding your cat or dog avocados, chocolate, onions,grapes and raisins, fatty or fried foods, macadamia nuts or

    products containing the artificial sweetener xylitol

  9. Spend quality time with your pet – it’s healthier for both of you
  10. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet


  1. So what is a public sector employer supposed to do when a staff or faculty member brings their pet to work and a student or fellow employee is bitten or mauled in an unprovoked attack? It may feel better for the employee to have their pet nearby (I am not talking about service animals, merely people”s pets), but can we spare a thought for the victim of the bite or attack. Also any liability payout will most likely be on the taxpayer, not the individual who brought their pet to work. If your pet cannot stand to be left alone then take it to daycare in the same way you take your children to daycare. Of course, licensed service animals for those with documented medical needs should be allowed.

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