Guidelines for Being a Responsible Pet Owner
Happy February, pet owners! As we transition out of January, which was National Train Your Pet Month, we enter February which has been dubbed “Responsible Pet Owners Month”. Owning a pet is a privilege, and the relationship should always be of mutual benefit to you and your furry friend. As a pet owner, there are duties that you must fulfill. Here at PetDoors.com, we wanted to give you a few guidelines for being a responsible pet owner:
1. When making the choice to get a pet, be sure to choose one that is ideal for your home and lifestyle.
2. Be prepared to commit to the relationship for the entire life of your pet. There will be times when you become frustrated, or bothered by your pet. Oftentimes they do not mean to cause trouble. Use these instances as teachable learning moments to bring you and your pet closer together.
3. Understand the time and money that comes goes into being a pet owner. Your pet will need food, shelter, and many more supplies, just like you do! Do not neglect the needs of your pet. Cater to the needs of your pet as you would for your child or for yourself.
4. Create and maintain a veterinarian-client-patient relationship early, and make use of this connection often. Being proactive in preventing potential illnesses in your pet is a much better and cheaper option than attempting to remedy a sick pet. Keep your pet’s veterinarian abreast of his or her status, reporting any changes or abnormalities as you notice them.
5. Feed your pet a nutritious, well-balanced diet. This will ultimately boost your pet’s immune system, helping to keep them vibrant and healthy.
6. Just like a human, being healthy takes more then just a good diet. You need to incorporate exercise into your pet’s routine. This will keep your pet in shape as well as keep them happy. Some things to keep in mind when deciding on activities for your pet are their age, breed, and health-status.
7. Properly train and allow for pet-to-pet socialization. Appropriate training will go a long way to ensure their safety, as well as that of other animals and people. Many pets end up in shelters due to behavioral issues, and socializing beforehand can serve as a barrier to this outcome.
8. Ensure that your pet is identified properly via tags or microchips, in order to be prepared for an unexpected separation from your loved one.
The decision to care for a pet is a major one. There are many factors that must be considered before taking on this responsibility. Our guidelines on responsible pet ownership are certain to help you transition in your role as a new pet owner, or to supplement the wisdom you’ve gained in the time you’ve already owned your pet. For additional resources on responsible pet ownership, refer to the blogs listed below.