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California Veterinarians Recognize National Pet Week With Tips to Keep Your Animal in a Safe Environment
Date:4/30/2008

g out with your family.

-- If you have a yard, make sure it is securely fenced with no escape

routes.

-- Consider installing a doggy door to allow your pet free access to the

backyard.

-- Walk your dog regularly to ensure he gets enough exercise and

environmental stimulation.

Safety and Sanitation. Cleanliness should be a high priority for any pet owner.

-- When cleaning up after a pet, treat spots with "enzymatic cleaners" to

remove the smell of urine that causes pets to mark again.

-- Don't let pets drink from toilets, especially those with fresheners in

the tank or bowl. The chemicals are toxic.

-- Pet dander is a common allergen. To minimize human allergic

reactions, have your carpet and furniture professionally cleaned

periodically.

Crates. Crates can be a temporary den for your new dog. Dogs have den instincts and will avoid messing where they sleep.

-- Keep washable bedding and safe toys in the crate.

-- Make sure the crate is large enough for your dog to lie down and turn

around.

-- Feed your dog in the crate and offer praise when it rests calmly.

-- Avoid using crates for time-outs as punishment.

-- Take your dog outside 20 minutes after it eats or drinks.

-- Open the crate door and gradually increase the number of rooms to

which your dog has access.

-- Do not crate your pet for long periods of time.

Cat-Friendly Homes. It is not necessary to let a cat roam outside. In fact, many felines do fine when confined indoors, and they avoid dangers such as diseases, cars, fights and poisonings. Indoor cats like play toys to keep them active and stimulated. Cats swat at moving objects, so items like wind chimes, plants and hanging lights should be kept out of paws' reach.

The CVMA emphasizes pet owners should schedule routine wellness exams for the
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