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Pet Safety Guide: Caring for Pets in Your Golden Years

Having a pet can bring immeasurable joy to the life of an individual or a family. However, that happiness can be lessened if the pet owner is not aware of all appropriate safety considerations.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 49% of American households include a pet. These aren’t just animals either: a Pew Research Center survey found that 85% of dog owners considered their dog to be a member of the family, and 78% of cat owners expressed the same feeling. The survey also found that women were more likely than men to describe their pet as a family member, and so were people who are not parents.

In this guide, there are tips for keeping your animal (aka family member) safe during hot weather, optimal grooming, caution around pools, how to organize a space for your pet in your home, and how pet ownership should be handled for seniors.

For example, it’s not a good idea to give a pet as a gift to an elderly loved one and surprise them. Each person may have a different pet in mind as a companion—maybe a bunny or a fish is perfect for someone as opposed to an animal that needs walking several times per day.

Click here to download the guide today and get all of the relevant tips for optimum pet ownership.

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