Understanding and Accepting Pet Responsibilities

2015.02.04-HOT_iStock_000038997540_LargeSince February is Responsible Pet Owner’s Month, we would like to extend our gratitude to the millions of pet owners and families that lead the pack. We honor the impact that adopting a pet can have and by reviewing the most important pet responsibilities, we can all bone up on our pet care expertise.

Love and commitment are necessary components of pet ownership, and allows you to deeply care for your pet during the many years you will hopefully share. If you are wondering if you’ve missed something or you’d like a pat on the back for how many of the following you’ve taken care, see our list of the top 10 important pet responsibilities.

Top 10 Responsibilities of Pet Ownership

 

  1. Spay or neuter – Over 5 million animals enter shelters every year. Do your part to curtail animal overpopulation and stopping the cycle of euthanizing companion animals in need of homes.
  2. Keep your pet’s wellness appointments – Whether your pet’s health dictates a yearly exam or a more frequent, specialty care visit, do your best to keep it. The results from these exams determine baselines for the future and creates a continuity of care that is important for your pet’s health. These scheduled visits may include the necessary vaccinations.
  3. ID – We highly recommend microchipping your pet to mitigate the risks associated with loose or missing pets. At the very least, check your pet’s tags for wear and update if any changes have occurred.
  4. Parasite control – Heartworm preventatives can protect your pet from heartworm disease but they also treat common intestinal parasites. Roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms can create serious conditions in infected pets and spread to humans. Stay current with heartworm preventatives to protect your pet and your family.
  5. Fleas and Ticks – Staying on top of these dreaded parasites will save you time, energy, and heartache. Let us know if you have any questions about preventative measures for both fleas and ticks.
  6. Daily exercise – Take an extra long walk, visit a new park, work with a   pet trainer, teach your pet new tricks, or create DIY cat toys. Whatever your choice, you and your pet will benefit from decreased blood pressure, mental stimulation, elevated mood, and sweet together time.
  7. Dental care – All pets should undergo an exam once a year which may necessitate a cleaning under anesthesia. You can play a big part by brushing your pet’s teeth on a regular schedule, minimizing plaque and tartar buildup.
  8. Healthy diet, Healthy weight – Measure high quality food for your pet and keep to regular mealtime(s). Obesity can lead to several diseases and can be avoided with proper oversight.
  9. Stay informed – Staying on top of potentially poisonous plants, household items, or food ingredients is imperative. Knowing the basics of pet first-aid may come in handy someday and brushing up your knowledge is recommended.
  10. Yard and garage safety – Pet responsibilities will always include scrutinizing the outdoor area. Make sure chemicals are out of sight and stored securely. Inspect water features regularly to avoid drowning in pools, spas, or ponds. Your yard should be pet friendly throughout the year.

We encourage you to embrace the learning curve (if there is one for you) and be a proud pet parent. We look forward to speaking with you about questions concerning pet responsibilities.

Enjoy Responsible Pet Owner’s Month!