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 this already. Just remember to do it on all occasions. Get outside with your dog. Play with your dog. Teach them a trick. Give them a treat. Show them affection because their whole world revolves around you and no matter what, they want to please you. So make them feel good as often as you can with a few "good dog!" calls, a pat on the head, and even a treat!
2: KEEP YOUR DOG'S TEETH CLEAN
February is also National Pet Dental Health Month. Good dental care is just as good for dogs as it is for humans for good overall health of your dog. If you don’t brush your pet’s teeth every day, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that only 2% of dog owners brush their dog’s teeth on daily despite recommendations from veterinarians to do so. Try to make good dental hygiene part of your responsible pet ownership ritual. If you haven't, you can always check with your veterinarian on how to improve their dental health now and in the future.
3: YEARLY VETERINARIAN CHECK-UPS
The general rule of thumb is like humans: all dogs should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. Preventative is different and may require more visits.
4. Spay and neuter your dog.
In honor of National Spay Day and World Spay Day on February 23, 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.
5. Plan for emergencies.
No one expects emergencies, but they do happen. If you plan ahead, you will be more prepared.
6. 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.
7. Take the Arthritis Quiz
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. 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.