Be a Responsible Pet Owner

September 15, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Pet ownership is a privilege and should be fun and exciting for the owner and pet alike. However, owning a pet comes with obligations and responsibilities to provide for all of their needs. The American Veterinary Medical Association offers these tips for being a responsible pet owner.

 

  1. Choose wisely- Carefully choose a pet that is best suited for your home and lifestyle.
  2. Commit- Make a commitment to that pet for its full lifespan.
  3. Know your limits- Recognize that pet ownership requires an investment of time and money. Only keep the type and number of pets that you can adequately provide for including food, water, shelter, healthcare, and companionship.
  4. Keep your pet healthy and happy- Work alongside your veterinarian to keep your pet healthy. Make sure he or she receives preventative care such as regular exams, vaccinations, and pest control. In addition, seek health care for any illnesses or injuries. Provide exercise and mental stimulation appropriate to your pet’s age, breed, and health status. Properly socialize and train your pet.
  5. Be responsible- Clean up after your pet and properly dispose of waste. Obey all local laws and ordinances including licensing, leash requirements, and noise control.
  6. Spay or neuter- Help control our country’s pet overpopulation by spaying or neutering.
  7. Be prepared- Prepare in advance for an emergency or disaster. Have an evacuation plan and assemble an emergency kit.
  8. Use proper ID- Make sure your pet can be properly identified if lost. Use ID tags and keep their registration up-to-date. Consider microchipping.
  9. Plan ahead- Make alternate arrangements and have a plan in place if you are no longer able to provide care for your pet.
  10. Know when it’s time- Recognize any decline in your pet’s quality of life. Consult with your veterinarian and make timely decisions.

 

What a feeling it is to know that you have given your pet a healthy and happy life.

September Responsible Owner

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