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Pets of all species are an important part of our lives. As owners, we are committed to making their well-being a priority. Good nutrition is important for pets to have good digestion and prevent disease. As with humans, a balanced diet provides pets with necessary nutrients, including protein, vitamins and minerals.
Proper nutrition for pets varies depending on their life stage as they grow and whether they are pregnant or nursing. As carnivores, dogs and cats have high protein needs. They need key ingredients that are included in foods prepared especially for pets rather than table scraps to stay healthy. Table scraps can cause stomach upsets and be life-threatening to pets, depending on the ingredients.
Spaying and neutering a pet is another example of preventive care that ensures the health and well-being of our pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pets on average have a longer lifespan than those who do not have this surgery and are at a lower risk of disease.
Companion females will be more protected against urinary tract infections and breast cancer. They will also not come into heat during the breeding season. Male pets will be less likely to develop testicular cancer. Neutral surgeries can also reduce unwanted behavioral issues, such as marking and aggressive behaviors. Uncastrated males are more likely to wander from their home in search of a mate than castrated males. In addition to providing preventative care, pet owners will help reduce unwanted litters and overcrowded animal shelters by neutering and neutering.
These surgeries can be performed at sterilization and spaying clinics at a lower cost. There are also low-cost programs that make it more affordable, such as Lillie’s Fund through Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE). It is specific to residents of Chatham County, whose total household income is $40,000 or less. Once approved, pet owners receive a voucher that they can redeem at participating CARE veterinary partners. This program also includes the cost of vaccines, including rabies and microchipping. CARE is currently offering a special “3 free” offer until June 30 for up to three females in a household to be neutered for free.
CARE is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that promotes the health and safety of dogs and cats in Chatham County. You can visit chathamanimalrescue.org or call 919-542-5757 to learn more about Lillie’s Fund and access an application.