Not only is it National Pet Dental Health Month but, it is also Responsible Pet Owners Month. Including a dog or cat in your family can be incredibly rewarding, but “parenting” a happy, healthy pet is also a large commitment! Pets are companions that need love, care and devotion. Here is a list of the very minimum responsibilities a pet owner should take:
- Make him part of the family.Pets, especially dogs, need companionship. They are traditionally pack creatures and need the warmth and love that comes with living indoors with their family.
- Just like with children, you’ll need to pet proof your house. To keep your pet healthy you should research what household products and foods can harm your pet. Make sure these are kept in secure locations so your pet cannot get into them.
- Care for your pet.Regular visits to the veterinarian and for some dogs, the groomer, are absolutely necessary. Insuring your pet may also be important to your pet’s health. Emergencies can happen at any time. Ensure your pet gets the help he needs no matter the cost with pet health insurance.
- Spay and neuter your pet.Studies have shown that pets that are spayed and neutered live healthier, longer lives. Plus, spayed and neutered pets are less likely to develop behavior problems.
- Always keep an ID tag on your pet. Consider getting your pet microchipped as well to help identify him if he is lost or stolen.
- Train your pet to understand obedience. Dogs should at least understand basic directions like “sit” and “stay.” In an emergency situation these cues could save your pet’s life.
- Give him the exercise he needs. All pets need regular exercise to stay fit and to release their energy. Without it, your pet will begin to act out. Young pets that do not get enough exercise are more likely to develop negative behavioral issues that lead many to give up their pet.
- Feed him properly.Ask your veterinarian what type of food and how much is right for you pet. Keeping your pet on a regular, portion controlled diet will help with weight management and prevent weight related health problems.
- Socialize your pet. Meeting new people and other pets improves the confidence of your pet. Plus, having extra playmates will help relieve some of your pet’s built-up energy.
- Love your pet.You are your pet’s favorite thing in the whole world. He craves your love, attention and care. So show him the love and devotion he shows you!
Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it’s a responsibility