FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY
1.)Get a current LICENSE for your dog. Georgia law requires all dogs and cats to be licensed. This means you will need to have your dog or cat that is OVER four months old vaccinated against rabies. Then you send proof of that vaccination to the county office where you live, and they send you a tag for your pet to wear on its collar. This tag tells people that your pet has had its rabies shot, and it tells the county what types of pets you own. This tag is different from an IDENTIFICATION TAG, which is not required by law but is a very important item for your pet to wear.
2.)Get an I.D. tag for your dog or cat. This tag will have your pet’s name, your name, your address, your phone number, and possibly your veterinarian’s phone number on it. That way, if your pet ever gets lost, someone can contact you, and you and your pet can be reunited. A pet without an I.D. tag may never find its way home, and if someone finds it, it can’t tell them where it lives!
3.)Feed your pet the proper food. Dog food for dogs, cat food for cats, puppy food for puppies…you get the idea. Read books about your pet, and ask your veterinarian to find out what kind of food is best for your pet. Pets should not eat “people food” unless it is recommended by the vet. (For instance, guinea pigs need green leafy vegetables on a regular basis to stay healthy). The best dog and cat food are made of high-quality ingredients and less filler.
4.)Your pet should have access to fresh, clean water at all times, especially when the weather is hot! Since pets do not sweat, they can overheat quickly and possibly die. Change your pets’ water at least every 12 hours if it spends lots of time outside, and make sure the water dish stays in a shady area. In the winter, water is still important, and it can freeze in the dish.
5.)Exercise your dog or cat EVERY day! It is good for you AND your pet. Play ball with your dog and drag toys for your cat to chase and pounce on. The more time you spend with your pet, the happier he or she will be!