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Pet Owners Day

Apr 11, 2017

Did you know it is Pet Owners Day on April 18th? Take some time to celebrate the furry family members in your life!

Having a pet is a big responsibility. While some pets – like dogs – require more effort than other pets – like fish – all pets need some level of attention and love. Pet Owners Day is a special day to celebrate yourself, for all of the hard work you put into keeping your pet healthy and happy. It is also a good time to give your pet some extra attention, and maybe even a gift!

Tips for Pet Owners

If you want to keep your furry family friend healthy and happy, follow some of these tips:

  • Schedule regular check-ups with the vet
  • Ensure your pet gets enough exercise, whether that be taking your dog for a walk or getting your hamster a wheel!
  • If your pet is allowed outdoors, make sure it has proper identification in case it gets lost. This way someone will know how to return it to you
  • Buy the proper food for your pet’s type. Keep in mind any special breeds or dietary needs.
  • Give your pet lots of love and attention!

Want a Pet?

Almost everyone dreams of having a pet. Whether you want a soft kitten or a bouncy puppy, I’m sure you’ve thought about (or tried to convince) your family to add a new member to the family. Here are some of the things you need to consider before taking the big step:

  • Do you have enough time to dedicate to the pet? If you have other siblings or family members who can help out, you might be able to share the responsibilities.
  • Do you have enough money to care for the pet properly? Pets take a lot of money. In addition to the initial purchase, you need to pay for food, grooming, toys, treats and occasional vet visits. Some pets will require extra vaccinations and shots.
  • Do you have any allergies? Many people buy a pet only to discover they are allergic once the pet gets home. Head to your doctor’s office and get tested or spend some time with a similar animal before you get one of your own.
  • Are you willing to adopt? Thousands of animals are brought to pounds across the country each year. If you are willing to adopt one of these pets, you could be saving their life.
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Are you a pet owner? Let us know what kind of pet you have!

 

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Nandez
Nandez posted in Say Anything:
thanks for posting this Kristen. I think that it is a tough subject to talk about with other people and honestly I think it's good to talk about it in a moderate amount. Now that more pepole are being diagnosed with learning differences or some sort of other mental health disorder, I think that talking about it and informing people will only make it easier for people to feel less awkward or the odd man out. That's how I found about that I am not the only person in the room who has ADD. I'm more willing to come out and talk to people and discribe what I have to go through on a daily basis to raise awareness. School will always be hard for me so I look at my strengths to help push me forward in life. 
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AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Say Anything:
Oh wow, a genuine trigger warning. Did the memes teach you nothing?  First off, an actual warning. Take no action based on what you've read here without first consulting a mental health professional.  Now, I have a lot of experience in mental illness. I have ADHD(Pre-DSMV), an anxiety disorder, and I've tested significant for bipolar (Pre-DSMV).  My best advise is to find a therapist that you personally connect with. It's not about being comfortable, because a good therapist will challenge your thoughts, but you need to be able to accept those challenges. And to do that, you'll need a therapist that you mesh with.  Aside from that, good medication can go a long way to helping you live with your mental issues. However, this isn't true for everyone, and it should be handled by a medical professional. 
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AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Say Anything:
I mean, it's a problem, but it's a problem that most all hormonal teens go through. 
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jordand08
jordand08 posted in Say Anything:
Yes, there's so many things I wish I was told that I wasn't.
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Kirsteeeeen
This is great, Kris! Loved it.  Thank you :) It's one of those things I wish someone had said to me in the past, y'know?
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