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February's a Month for the Dogs

Every month has its own doggy holidays, and some have a quite few! Well, for dogs, February is one of those months. Let's go over just what February means for dogs!

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month - There are a lot of reasons you should spay and neuter your pets. And February is all about reminding yourself of those reasons. Spaying and neutering your pets is a benefit; it can "fix" the problem of animal overpopulation and fixing animals in shelters can help them get adopted. Fixing your pet also helps with their urge to roam or run away, which keeps them from getting diseases. And on average, dogs who are fixed live 1 to 3 years longer than those who aren't.

Pet Dental Health Month - Nobody likes going to the dentist, but we all admit that it's important. And it's important for our pets, too! Founded by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Pet Dental Health Month reminds us how vital healthy teeth can be. The president of the AVMA says that by age two, 80 percent of dogs suffer from some form of periodontal disease. These have been linked to diabetes, heart problems, strokes and kidney disease. Healthy teeth = healthy pup. Make sure you have regular vet visits to check their teeth.

Unchain a Dog Month - This is just what it sounds like, unchain a dog! Many dog owners don't realize or don't care that chaining their dog can harmful, emotionally and physically. Dogs are not supposed to be outside all of the time, especially in environments with harsh weather. It's great to let your dogs outside, but never use a chain. A long run or a fenced-in yard is ideal. Chains are too harsh can hurt your dog. Dogs are meant to be around you, filled by your love, not isolated outside. If you see a dog chained and they look in pain, pledge to help them by calling your local animal control and letting them know about the situation.

Responsible Pet Owner's Month - Founded in 2010, this month-long celebration is referred to by its founders as "Mother's Day" or "Father's Day" for pets. Basically by doing all of the above (spaying and neutering, pet dental health, unchain a dog) you're celebrating Responsible Pet Owner's Month. You can make a difference and be the best dog mommy/daddy there is. 

There are tons of ways to celebrate this month, and the best way you can do it is by celebrating all of these occasions! Happy February! 

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