loves puppies. But puppies aren't always the best pets for everybody.
Before your family brings a puppy into your home, everyone should
talk about what it means to have a baby in the house. And that's
what puppies are-they're babies, and it takes a lot of time and
work to help them become good, healthy, happy grown-up dogs.
it's better to adopt an older dog. Sometimes it's better to think
about another kind of pet. Puppies need all kinds of special attention
(hot link to info below). But whatever pet you add to your family,
here are some basics of pet care:
please. Give your pets plenty of love, attention, and playtime.
They're part of the family.
the tummy. Feed pets healthful food made just for them. (People
food is usually not the best for pets.) Your veterinarian can
help you decide what's the best food for your pet. Be sure pets
always have clean, fresh water.
don't complain. Most pet problems can be solved with training.
Using treats and praise, teach your dog to sit, stay, heel, and
come. Teach your cat to use the litter box and what's not ok to
good. Groom pets regularly. Keep their nails trimmed. Some
pets, like parakeets or bunnies, may need special kinds of grooming.
Make sure your dog (or cat) wears a collar and tag at all
times. The tag should have your address and two phone numbers
on it (like your home phone and mom's or dad's work phone or cell
phone). An i.d. tag can be a lost pet's ticket home!
home. Dogs and cats should live inside where they're safe
and get to spend time with your family. Pets who roam outdoors
face many dangers and may bother others. If your dog spends time
outside-even a few hours a day--make sure she has a shady spot
to cool off in the summer, and a snug doghouse in case it rains
or gets cold. (The doghouse should be big enough to let her stand
and turn around.) But a doghouse should just be for comfort when
you're dog's in the yard, not where she lives all the time. And
dogs shouldn't be chained or tied up outside either.
vets. Take pets to a veterinarian for a checkup at least once
each year. Be sure to take him to the vet if he seems sick, hurts
himself, or is behaving strangely.
set, spay. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and some other pets should
be spayed or neutered by your veterinarian so they don't have
Exercise your pets daily. Always walk your dog on a leash,
play games with your kitty, and give any pet some play time with