february is responsible pet owners monthFebruary is Responsible Pet Owners Month

That got us thinking – how do we view responsible pet ownership? While there isn’t an exact definition for it the America Kennel Club gives each of us a great starting point for how we view our pets ownership: “Owning a dog is not just a privilege – it’s a responsibility.” Whether you care for a dog or a cat, one thing is for sure, owning that animal comes with great responsibility and a life long commitment to the animal.

These are not accessories that can be thrown aside and forgotten. They are companions that need love, care and devotion. You can find many lists that outline very specific ways to be a responsible pet owner, like the American Kennel Club’s list for dog owners, but we’ve compiled a short list for you of the important rules we think all owners must live by.

During February is responsible pet owners month:

 

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Make him part of the family. Our darlings, especially dogs, need companionship. They are traditionally pack creatures and need the warmth and love that comes with living indoors with their family.

 

 

pet proofing tipsPet proof your house. To keep your pets healthy you should research what household products and foods can harm them. Make sure these are kept in secure locations so your pet cannot get into them.

Care for your animal. Regular visits to the vet and groomer are absolutely necessary. Insuring your pets 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 insurance.

Spay and neuter your pets. Studies have shown that pets that are spayed and neutered live healthier, longer lives. Plus, spayed a neutered pets are less likely to develop behavior problems.

Always keep an ID tag on your pets. Consider getting your pet microchipped as well to help identify him if he is lost or stolen.

During February is responsible pet owners month:

dog obedienceTrain your pets to understand obedience. Dogs should at least understand basic direction 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 pets 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 them properly. Ask your vet what type of food and how much is right for you pets. Keeping your pets on a regular, portion controlled diet will help with weight management and prevent weight related health problems.

Socialize your pets. 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 pets. 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!

So during February is responsible pet owners month, think about all the ways you can meet the needs of the animal that looks up to you. Just like their hoomans, pawfriends want and need your attention and affection and sometimes – a trip to the vet. When they need a little more care we will be there for pawrent and pawfriend.

Attribution : PetSafe