Are you a pet owner struggling in today’s economy? You’re not alone; as our country’s economy slips further into recession and unemployment rates at the highest in more than a decade, many pet owners are being forced to give their dog or cat the best care they can afford on a limited budget.
Though some may manage this by buying fewer treats and doing more grooming at home, some veterinarians say they’re seeing some pet owners skipping checkups and even cutting back on medications in order to make ends meet. What some pet owners aren’t aware of is the fact that they could be putting their pet’s health at risk.
According to John Hamil, a veterinarian at Canyon Animal Hospital in Laguna Beach, California, infectious diseases, parasitism and degenerative diseases such as heart problems, kidney disease and arthritis can go untreated or unnoticed if your pet skips visits.
Furthermore, waiting until a pet needs emergency care can be a lot more expensive (not to mention nerve-wrecking), than taking necessary steps to prevent or detect a problem.
Some pet owners have been forced to take up a second job which leaves pets spending more time home alone. This change in routines can also wreak havoc on an animal’s digestive and nervous systems and potentially cause numerous emotional problems ranging from separation anxiety and depression, to physical problems such as diabetes and obesity.
Many pet owners have even resorted to feeding pets leftovers in a desperate attempt to keep their beloved animals by their side. If this is the case there are at least some things pet owners should be aware of. Many foods that are healthy for humans can actually be harmful and even fatal when consumed by pets.
Remember, regardless of what you do to cope with the expenses of having a pet in today’s dwindling economy; natural remedies are always available to help. From preventative care to coping with symptoms, natural remedies can be used effectively to keep your pet healthy and happy without side effects.
Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet
- Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips
- Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
- Rhubarb leaves
- Moldy/spoiled foods
- Yeast dough
- Coffee grounds, beans & tea
- Hops (used in home brewing)
- Tomato leaves & stems
- Raisins and grapes
- Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars