February is Responsible Pet Ownership month. What makes a responsible pet owner? Here are 4 things that help:
- Do Your Research
Before getting a pet, do your research. Are you ready for the responsibility that comes with a pet? Is this the right pet for you? It is a life long and financial commitment. Be prepared to face situations you weren’t expecting financially, and to find the breed that best suits your lifestyle.
It is important to make sure your pet wears their ID tags while you are out. Microchipping is also a good idea!
- Training and Socializing
Training your pet is on the top of our list as it helps create a well-behaved pooch. This not only makes walks more enjoyable, but it also is a safety measure. If your pet were to get off leash accidentally and a dangerous situation were to approach, your training could help save them from getting hurt.
Socializing is very important too. If you have a puppy, socialize early to get them used to other animals. On the other hand, not all dogs are friendly. Respect people’s space and ask if your dog can say hi. Just because your dog is friendly doesn’t mean another dog is.
- Yearly check ups
Vet visits are not just for when something goes wrong, and your pet needs a trip to the doggy doctor. Remember to visit your vet for yearly vaccinations, preventative measures that you need to take for heartworm/fleas/ticks and for general well-being.
Just like us, our dog deserves to be pampered too! Trimmed nails, regular grooming and baths help keep your pet clean and healthy!