February is celebrated as Responsible Pet Owners Month! This seemed like a good opportunity to review our best pet parent practices and enhance and improve where an opportunity presents itself. Most of us are already caring, thoughtful pet owners simply because we are reading a blog about pets. Pat yourself on the back!
Now read this list to make sure you are doing all you can do to be a responsible pet owner. This list highlights responsible things to do to have a great cooperative relationship with your pets, your family and the environment.
Here are 7 tips for being a responsible dog owner:
1. Love your dog unconditionally.
Most of us do already. Just remember to do it on all occasions, even when they destroy your new shoes. While it's fine to correct bad behavior, use more rewards and love than punishment.
2. Visit your veterinarian for a yearly check-up.
The general rule of thumb is like humans: all dogs should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.Think of it as routine maintenance for your dog. Preventative is different and may require more visits.
3. Spay and neuter your dog.
In honor of National Spay Day and World Spay Day on February 25, it is still worth stating. According to statistics, it is estimated that 10 million animals enter animal shelters every year. The reason given: a lot of unwanted pets. A big part of the solution is being sure they are spayed and neutered. According to some reports, 79% of people do NOT know when to spay their pets. Check out this link with all spay and neutering questions answered.
4. Plan for emergencies.
No one expects emergencies, but they do happen. If you plan ahead, you will be more prepared.
5. Clean Up after your pet.
It's not only about being a responsible pet owner as well as some responsibility to the environment. So much so, we wrote this blog post about how important it is.
6. safe travels with your pet.
Don't forget your pet when you are traveling. There are many things to consider. Whether it's traveling for a holiday or for vacation, here are some ideas we wrote in a blog post to consider.
7. check your pet's mobility.
Every year we all get a little older, and sometimes move a little slower too. The same is true with our beloved fur-babies. As dogs age, the painful signs of arthritis start to show. If you aren’t sure what arthritis in dogs is and what it means for your dog, feel free to read up on it. Then take the corresponding quiz.
See how your dog is doing with this short quiz.
And there are some ideas on how you can be a Responsible Pet Owner. Do you have some additional ideas? What does being a responsible pet owner mean to you? Feel free to comment on our Facebook page! Feel free to save the images in this post and put them on your social media channels you frequent and let people know you are a responsible pet parent.