Hints for Pet Owners
- When rescuing or getting a young dog, consider taking out pet insurance. This can be beneficial in helping with your future veterinary bills. [NOTE: Insurance is not always available to commence for older pets.]
- In this modern day and age, a number of people have companion animals instead of children. With modern lifestyles, pet owners need to consider what would happen if they were in an accident or died. Thus it is important to include your pets in your will. Talk about this with the person who is willing to take responsibility for your pets if anything happens to you. Remember that wills should be checked and updated periodically.
- Something I started many years ago when we came to Hong Kong was a bank account for our animals. Keeping this account separate is important, and putting money in weekly or monthly soon builds up the sum. In my case, it was to pay for my animals’ transportation to wherever I might live, but it can be used for many different things.
- Blind dogs and dogs with failing eyesight. If your dog has cataracts or otherwise failing eyesight, it is important not to change furniture positions, etc… If you do change positions even slightly, introduce the animal to the new positions: guide the animal around to give the animal an awareness of the changes.
- If your animal is unwell, take him or her to a registered veterinary surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. Also, remember to consult your registered veterinary surgeon right from the beginning about health and disease-prevention programmes for your animal(s).
- A pet is for life. A dog or cat may live for 15 to 20 years. Some other animals such as tortoises and turtles can live much longer. So when you are considering getting a dog or cat or other animal as a pet, take into consideration how long he/she might live. Be realistic and considerate. Will you be able and willing to take care of that animal for its whole life?
- Cats may give the impression that they are independent, but they are sensitive and intelligent creatures and do need their owners to give them attention and affection.
- Companion animals solely depend on you to look after them and to support them, and by looking after yourself you can give the best to your animal.
- If you have animals which need exercise, such as dogs, do make sure that they have and get a daily exercise routine. Spending quality time and relaxing with your pets are also important.
- Escalators (moving staircases) are dangerous for dogs. The feet/paws or hair can get caught in the edges or ends etc. of the escalator, maiming and injuring the animal which cannot get away once caught up. Carry your dogs on escalators, as it is easy for their feet etc. to become trapped, and appalling injuries may result.
- If you are a smoker, here is a good reason to quit: “Second hand smoke can be very harmful to your pets. It can increase his/her risk of cancer and allergic disease.”
- There are a number of common ‘human’ foods that your dogs and cat should NOT EAT… The important thing is to know exactly what to avoid. There are some very commonly known ones, such as Chocolate, Alcohol, and Coffee, but some lesser known ones such as Grapes, Nutmeg, Onion and the artificial sweetener in gum, Xylitol, etc.
- 電動扶梯(自動電梯) 對狗兒來說是危險的。因為它們的腳/爪或毛髮在電梯邊緣或末端等等，可被電梯卡住，不可能離開的動物會導致受傷，嚴重的可導致重傷或殘廢。當您乘搭自動電梯時，請抱著您的狗兒。因為實際上，它們的腳/爪或毛髮等等是很容易跌落這陷阱而可能產生駭人的受傷。
- 有一些普遍「人類」食的食物，您的狗兒和貓兒是不應該吃們… 最重要的是確切地知道是什麼食物才能避免。有一些是眾所周知的，如巧克力，酒，咖啡，但一些沒太多人知道的：如葡萄，肉荳蔻，洋蔥和口香糖內的人工甜味劑，木糖醇等。
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