What does “Being a responsible pet owner really mean?”
Owning a pet is a privilege, but the benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities.
That’s right. Owning a pet should be fun but there comes responsibility with it.
The following are some suggestions and tips on how to be a responsible pet owner:
- Avoid impulsive decisions when selecting a pet.
- Select a pet that’s suited to your home and lifestyle.
- Keep only the type and number of pets for which you can provide appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
- Commit to the relationship for the life of your pet(s).
- Provide appropriate exercise and mental stimulation.
- Properly socialize and train your pet consulting with a Force Free Dog Training Professional.
- Recognize that pet ownership requires an investment of time and money.
- Make sure your pet receives preventive health care (vaccinations, parasite control, heartworm testing and prevention, etc.), as well as care for any illnesses or injuries.
- Budget for potential emergencies. These tend to happen while you are away or on the weekend when most family veterinary clinics are closed. Know the location and telephone numbers of the nearest Emergency Animal Hospital.
- Clean up after your pet. Leaving feces in your yard can spread contagious intestinal parasites and serious and potentially deadly, viruses. (Parvo)
- Obey all local ordinances, including licensing, leash requirements and noise control. The Law requires every dog owner to uphold an annual registration license and Rabies vaccines according to state laws.
- Don’t allow your pet to stray or become feral.
- Make sure your pet is properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and keep its registration up-to-date. Most microchip companies search for pet ID’s by owner name/address/telephone number, so if yours is outdated, there’s a very good chance you will not be contacted if your pet is lost and then found.
- Don’t contribute to our nation’s pet overpopulation problem: limit your pet’s reproduction through spay/neuter! Adopt, Don’t Shop! Visit your local shelters when adding a new pet to your family.
- Prepare for an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit and a home first aid kit for pets.
- Make alternate arrangements if you can no longer provide care for your pet.
- Recognize any decline in your pet’s quality of life and make timely decisions in consultation with a veterinarian.
Participate in a pet CPR and First Aid class so you will know what to do at home if your pet becomes ill or injured.
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