The adoption option

If you’re thinking about adding a new pet to your family, consider checking out your local animal shelter. According to the Humane Society, only 21 percent of cats and dogs owned in the U.S. are adopted from animal shelters, but 6-8 million pets enter shelters every year.

Carrot conundrum: choose carefully

If you give your dog a carrot, make sure that you’re feeding it to them for the proper reasons. Raw carrots can be a healthy dog treat that can help clean their teeth, but they don’t add much nutritional benefit because a dogs digestive system can’t break down a raw carrot. If you want your dog to get a nutritional boost from carrots, make sure to cook or pure the carrots first.

Canine Assistants Tip of the Month
Do you see what I see?

Contrary to popular belief, dogs do see some colors. They are able to view approximately the same colors as someone who is red-green colorblind. While dogs have excellent night vision and vision for motion detection, they have rather poor vision for detail and distance when compared to people, needing to be within 20 feet to see something the average person can see from a distance of 80 feet.

Cold-weather pet safety

Keeping a pet outdoors during the winter months isnt recommended. However, if you have no other option, consider these safety tips from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation:

  • Provide a warm, solid shelter against wind
  • Ensure unlimited access to non-frozen water
  • Elevate the floor of the shelter off the ground to minimize heat loss
  • Use thick, dry bedding
  • Avoid space heaters and heat lamps to prevent burns or accidental fires

Leading lizards

Approximately 13 million reptiles are kept as pets in the U.S. According to the Humane Society, lizards account for a large majority of all imported reptiles. The most popular species of lizards, based on import numbers, are as follows:

  1. Common green iguana
  2. Leaf-toed gecko
  3. Chinese water dragon