February is Responsible Pet Owners Month! There really isn’t a definition of what a “Responsible Pet Owner” is. Based on how we are with our pets, most of us are already responsible pet owners.
This seemed like a good opportunity to review our best pet parent practices and enhance and improve where the opportunity presents itself. Check out this list to make sure you are doing all you can do to be a responsible pet owner as well as have a great cooperative relationship with your pets, your family and the environment. We’ve provided helpful links to give you some more information at your fingertips.
Here are 7 tips for being a responsible pet owner:
- Love your dog or cat unconditionally. Most of us do this already. Just remember to do it on all occasions. The other items on the list are good ways to show your pet you really care because you love them!
- Visit your veterinarian for a yearly check-up. The general rule of thumb is like humans: all dogs and cats should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. Think of it as routine maintenance for your dog or cat. Preventative is different and may require more visits. Cats are known for hiding pain. You may not know they have an issue until your visit.
- Spay and neuter your dog and cat. In honor of National Spay Day and World Spay Day, this is still worth noting. According to statistics, it is estimated that 10 million animals enter animal shelters every year. The reason: 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.
- Plan for emergencies. No one expects emergencies, but they do happen. If you plan, you will be more prepared.
- Clean up after your pet. It’s important for many reasons.
- Travel safely when you leave town with your pet.
- Take the arthritis quiz. Why 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 or cats is and what it means for your pet, feel free to read up on it. Then take the corresponding quiz.
See how your dog is doing with this short quiz.
See how your cat 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 it 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.