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Pet Care Basics

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friendship fun love pets give us so much
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but unlike their wild animal cousins
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they can’t take care of themselves just
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like kids rely on their parents pets
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need people to provide for their basic
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needs too we’re talking about things
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like food and water shelter an
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identification potty needs health care
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exercise and grooming before bringing
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home a new dog or cat there are things
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you need to know to make sure your pet
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becomes a happy and healthy member of
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your family all pets need food and water
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most animals need to be fed once or
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twice every day find out from your
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veterinarian or pet supply store what
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kind of food you should give them never
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ever give your pet table scraps people
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food especially chocolate may taste good
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but it can make your pet very sick and
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here’s something really important make
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sure your pet always has a bowl of fresh
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clean water available so they can get it
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drink next is shelter and identification
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if your dog or cat spends a lot of time
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outside they need a place to get out of
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the hot Sun in the summer or cold and
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rain in the winter a fenced yard with a
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dog house or other shelter is great for
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dogs and provides a safe environment for
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your pet it is not okay to tie or chain
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your dog in the yard
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that’s called tethering and it is
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against the law in miami-dade County
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remember dogs are pack animals by nature
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your family is their pack and they want
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to be with you as much as they can it’s
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cruel to tie them up and leave them
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alone outside and it can lead to
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aggressive behavior animals that are
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treated like a part of your family are
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better adjusted and we’ll have a closer
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bond with you did you know that a collar
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and tag are more than just cool fashion
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accessories your pet can’t tell his name
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or where he lives so every pet needs a
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collar with their license tag and an ID
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tag that they wear all the time
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if your pet ever gets lost that little
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ID tag is just like their ticket back
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home to you ask your veterinarian about
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a microchip – just like us
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pets need a place where they can go to
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the bathroom for dogs that means outside
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so be prepared to take them out for
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frequent walks
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and clean up after them no one wants to
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step in your dog’s poop so scoop it up
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and throw it out indoor cats use a
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litter box as a bathroom and like the
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bathroom you use it needs to be kept
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clean you want your pet to be around a
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long time so don’t forget about his
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health care needs pets need regular
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check-ups with the veterinarian just
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like we need annual checkups with the
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doctor if you’re bringing home a new dog
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or cat one of the first things you
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should do is to take it to the vet to
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get a thorough checkup along with the
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necessary vaccinations to keep your pet
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healthy give them plenty of exercise you
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need to walk run or play fetch with your
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dog every day it’s fun and it’s good for
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them and for you cats especially if they
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live indoors also love quality playtime
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with you and they benefit from the
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workout
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grooming keeps your pets coat healthy
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and looking great regular combing or
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brushing helps cats have fewer hair
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balls and shed less dogs should be
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brushed often and have a bath about once
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a month and don’t forget to brush their
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teeth
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seriously tooth decay can lead to many
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other health problems as you can see
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pets really need us to take care of them
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it’s a big responsibility they need food
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and water every day shelter an
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identification
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don’t forget the collar and ID tag a
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place to go to the bathroom health care
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including vet checkups grooming tooth
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brushing and plenty of exercise and
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there’s one more thing to add to the
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list respect and kindness just like you
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pets have the right to be treated with
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respect and kindness they thrive on your
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attention and affection so make sure
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your pet knows how much you love them
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give them plenty of hugs kisses ear
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scratches and belly rubs the more love
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you give the more love they’ll get back
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to you in return once you’re ready to
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get a pet consider adopting a shelter
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pet from miami-dade Animal Services
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hundreds of loveable dogs and cats are
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looking for loving forever homes
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like yours
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brought to you by miami-dade County
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Public Schools and the miami-dade County
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Animal Services Department

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