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Take steps to enjoy your pet's companionship for a long time.

Animals can enrich our lives in so many ways. In fact, research results have shown having a pet may improve your health.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the companionship of pets may help decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and feelings of loneliness. Caring for a pet may also increase your opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.

For some people, animals can be the means to a fuller life. Therapy animals may help people undergoing difficult medical treatments or with post traumatic stress disorder, autism or other emotional- and/or neurological-development disorders.  Service dogs and hearing dogs can enhance the lives of people with disabilities. 

And, while pets can improve our lives and health, it’s important that we also care for their health and well-being.

Pet Care Basics

While every dog and cat has individual needs, there are some basics all pet parents should know.

  • Establish a relationship with a veterinarian who can help protect your pet's health and offer valuable information throughout your pet's life.
  • Seek preventative care, such as regular wellness examinations. Preventing disease and injury rather than treating them is always best for your pet and you.
  • Make sure your pet's vaccinations are current and use an effective flea and tick control product.
  • Provide timely and appropriate treatment for your pet's illnesses and injuries. Just like people, pets need appropriate diet and exercise to maintain healthy weight and help guard against disease.

Preventing Ticks on Your Pets

Dogs and cats are very susceptible to ticks and tick-borne diseases.

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Flea Facts

Pets can pick up fleas wherever an infestation exists.

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Lost Pets

Make sure that your pet doesn't stray from home – and if it does, that it is reunited with you.

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