February is National Responsible Pet Ownership month. Being a pet owner has many different meanings to everyone so how do you know if you’re responsible? We have created a list for you.
- Before buying or adopting a pet, do your research. Animals have different personalities just as humans do. Some animals require more grooming than others. This takes time and patience. So make sure you find an animal that is the right fit for your family’s lifestyle before you make a commitment.
- Chew-proof your home. Puppies and kittens are very curious and will get in to places that may surprise you. Household cleaners should be stored and electrical cords secured out of the way of sharp teeth and paws. Move breakable items out of reach.
- Spay and neuter your pets. Studies show that spayed and neutered pets live longer, healthier lives. Regular yearly visits to the vet are important, too. Rabies, distemper, feline leukemia and parvovirus vaccinations are just a few that require yearly booster shots.
- Use a pet ID tag. We try our best to keep our pets from getting loose but when it happens help ensure they get home safe and sound by using reflective waterproof ID tags or pet microchips. Contact your veterinarian for more information.
- Feed them right and give them plenty of exercise. Overfeeding and inactivity leads to obesity and can cause health issues such as diabetes and early arthritis. Stick to a healthy feeding schedule, give your pets plenty of fresh water and make sure to get them moving!
- Teach them to sit and stay. We realize that you may have trouble teaching your favorite feline to do this but we definitely recommend teaching Fido! This will make socializing with other animals and people easier and more enjoyable.
Just remember to give your pets lots of love, companionship and make a commitment of love for their lifetime.