The America Kennel Club states that “Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it’s a responsibility.”
That is why the month of February is dedicated to celebrating pet parents who keep their pets healthy, happy, and safe.
Health & Diet
Are you taking your pup to see the vet at least once a year? Annual vet visits are important in making sure that your canine companion is healthy and happy.
Another aspect of your pets health is their diet, and especially how their dietary needs can change throughout their different life stages.
Spay & Neuter
Overpopulation of canines in the U.S. is a problem, and although according to The Humane Society of the United States, “There is no central data reporting system for U.S. animal shelters and rescues,” it is still a very large problem.
Play your part as a responsible pet owner in helping manage the overpopulation problem by spaying and/or neutering your pet, especially if you are not going to be controlling reproduction through responsible breeding.
Good hygiene is also a key component to our canine companions health and wellbeing. A responsible pet parent should be knowledgeable on how often their canine companion needs brushing and/or grooming. An unkempt pup might appear less approachable or neglected. They could also suffer from skin irritation, hot spots, and/or infected lesions. Overgrown nails can place undue stress on the feet and joints, leading to arthritis and other problems that can make your pet uncomfortable.
Properly ID Your Pet
One of a pet parents worst nightmares is having their beloved pup run away from home and/or escape the yard. That is why it is always a good idea to make sure your pet is properly identified. Check your pet’s collar tags to make sure that all the information is up-to-date and securely fastened, or consider microchipping your pet. If the collar is broken or the tag lost, the microchip can provide similar contact information when scanned by a rescue/vet.
Pick Up Pet Waste
Being a responsible pet parent means picking up your pet’s waste. It’s as simple as that.
Exercise & Socialization
Exercise and socialization are key to a well rounded, healthy pooch. Not only can proper exercise curb destructive behaviors sometimes caused by boredom, but it also provides stimulation that is great for their mental health.
It’s important to provide your pup with opportunities to interact with other people and dogs, and exercise is a great way to socialize with other humans and their canine companions. If not properly socialized, your pet is more likely to develop negative behavioral issues.
Consider having your pup join our doggie daycare program! Not only is it a great way to get your pup exercised, but socialized as well.
Being a responsible pet parent means making sure that your pup is a well behaved canine citizen. It’s important to make sure that your pet understands obedience, even if it is as basic as “Sit” and “Stay”.
Pet Proof the House
Research what household products, plants, and foods can be harmful to your pet and be sure to keep these “Don’t Haves” in a secure location so your pet can’t get into them.
Love & Lifelong Care
Finally, a responsible pet parent is someone who understands the lifelong commitment that comes along with a canine companion. Adopting or purchasing a pet should not be an impulse decision, so be sure to do your research and select a dog that is suitable to your home and lifestyle. Dogs are traditionally pack creatures, be their pack and make sure to include them in your plans for an emergency or disaster.
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras