Present at the 13th edition of Pet South America, CRMV-SP took the opportunity to launch its awareness booklet on responsible ownership and pet care. Highlighting the type of measure necessary to have a pet at home and keep it healthy, well-being and quality of life, the new booklet offers valuable data on dealing with animals; seeking a decrease in the number of abandonment cases across the country by making information available to the public.
In order to reach as many people as possible, the booklet of the CRMV-SP it will be distributed in veterinary clinics, associations of the segment and tolls in São Paulo; The Council also negotiates with the Education Secretariat to distribute the newsletter in schools throughout the state.
Counting on the help of Alexandre Rossi (Dr. Pet) - who is a member of the animal welfare technical committee of the Regional Council of Veterinary Medicine of São Paulo - and his pet, the dog Estopinha; the booklet was launched within the entity's stand at Pet South America 2014, drawing the attention of a large group of people to the information exposed in the newsletter; which highlights nine main items, described below:
Animals are not toys, and the basic care of shelter, food and affection are essential for the well-being and health of pets. Therefore, before taking a new friend home, make sure that you have the physical, mental and financial conditions to deal with the demands that being a tutor implies.
- Right choice
Taking home the animal and breed that best suit you and your family is another crucial point for the pet to live with quality and, therefore, it is important that the future guardian researches and gets well informed about the main characteristics of the pet. animal, including personality, energy level, need for space (mainly due to size) and possible health complications common to the chosen breed.
A quality diet and fresh, clean water are items that can never be lacking for a new dog or cat. Therefore, making an appointment with a veterinarian and following his instructions in relation to an adequate and balanced diet (according to the age, breed and size of the pet) are essential measures.
The environment in which the pet lives or circulates must always be clean, and issues such as comfort and shelter from climate change (sun, rain, wind, etc.) must also be taken into account. The frequency of baths recommended by the veterinarian should also be followed to avoid problems developed due to the accumulation of dirt - and remembering to collect the needs made by the pet on the streets is also important, as hygiene care should not be restricted to the home environment.
- Always consult a veterinarian
Just as humans need check-ups to keep their health up to date, animals also need periodic consultations with a veterinarian to ensure well-being and stay healthy - and it's up to the pet's tutor to make sure that that type of care is being taken.
Although it may seem like an unsafe guarantee, the use of identification tags on the necks of dogs and cats is essential to avoid problems and surprises in relation to the disappearance of pets. The placement of chips under the animal's skin (which takes all the data from the animal and its guardian) is also recommended; facilitating the discovery of the pet's location in cases of loss.
If the breeding of different puppies is not desired by the tutor, castration is the best option; and it can also help prevent a number of diseases and problems that are very serious for the lives of dogs and cats, including pyometra (inflammation of the cervix), in the case of bitches, and breast cancer. In addition, spaying can also help to decrease and control some aggressive or instinctive behaviors of non-spayed dogs and cats; such as marking territory and fights between pets.
Taking care of the animals' health does not only involve visits to the veterinarian; and it is important to remember that playing and having fun with the animal (giving it attention, caressing and spending leisure time by your side) is also fundamental for the pet's physical and mental health - helping, also, for the pet to become more sociable.
Emphasizing the need for a lot of attention and care for pets, the ninth item in the CRMV-SP booklet highlights the importance of following the precepts of responsible ownership when taking a new friend home - remembering that all the affection given to the animal will be happily returned, and that the whole family must agree with this addition and committed to work to help care for the pet as it deserves.