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Dog Behavior and Training

Have questions or need information on your dog's behavior? Click the link below

Dog Behavior Resources

Vaccinations

Please vaccinate your pets! Their lives depend on it!

Both dogs and cats need rabies shots, which must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

Dogs also need distemper/parvo (DHPP) shots.  Distemper and the parvovirus are, unfortunately, present in our community (Amarillo area) and are both poentially fatal.  Veterinarians can administer this vaccination; some veterinarians sell it over the counter (must be kept cold) and can be administered by a person familiar with giving animals shots.  The City of Amarillo is also hosting four low-cost vaccination clinics throughout the 2015 calendar year.  Stay tuned for more information on those clinics.

Cats also need vaccinations, including the feline leukemia vaccination. The City of Amarillo's low-cost vaccination clinic also offers cat vaccinations.

Please consult a veterinarian of your choosing and discuss recommended vaccinations.

 

Spay/Neuter

We also encourage you to spay or neuter your pet, to help decrease the number of unwanted pets in our community.  Fixing your animal also offers health benefits for your pet.  Again, please consult a veterinarian and discuss the benefits of spaying and neutering your pet.

If you are unable to pay to have your pet fixed, please contact the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society and ask to apply for the "No Balls for Baxter" program, which offers low-cost or free spays/neuters.  Please call (806) 373-1716 for more information.

 

Selecting Pet Food

Selecting your pet's food is one of the most important decisions you will make as a pet owner.  Quality pet food should produce healthier coats, more energy, and less waste from your pet.  We are very fortunate in that Merrick Pet Foods donates high-quality food for Panhandle Paws of Hope pets. 

Below are some resources to help you select high quality food:

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/  (From Dog Food Advisor: "We do not accept money or samples from pet food companies in exchange for special consideration in the preparation of our reviews or ratings. In addition, to avoid any influence from the pet food industry, we do not allow display advertising from manufacturers.")

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/frequently-asked-questions/choose-dog-food/

Looking for a veterinarian? Check out these tips from the AVMA:

"Finding a Veterinarian" https://www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Pages/finding-a-veterinarian.aspx

 

Six tips on being a responsible pet owner:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/responsible-pet-ownership.aspx

 

Spaying and Neutering Your Pets:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/spay-neuter.aspx

 

Importance of Wellness Exams for Your Pet:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/wellness-exams.aspx

 

Do You Need Pet Insurance?

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/pet-insurance.aspx