Pet Education

Pet Responsibility: Good for Your Pet… and for You.

Pet Responsibility

With February being National Pet Responsibility Month, it’s a good idea to review some key ideas that will make caring for your pet, and your pet’s overall well-being, better and more fulfilling.

By ASGvets
Veterinary ER + Specialty Care

It is widely regarded that the bond between a pet and their owner is unbreakable. Through a variety of life-changing events and constant companionship, a pet transforms from a friend into a family member, with some even going as far as calling it a “fur-baby.” But getting to this relationship takes effort and patience. There are many responsibilities that come with being a pet parent, and one must be committed to realizing them if a good relationship is to be achieved.

1. Pet Exercise

Pet Exercise: Pet Responsibility

Staying indoors and watching television is not healthy for anyone and, pets, in turn, also need regular playtime and fresh air. Make sure to get out and walk daily or schedule playtime indoors to get your pet active. It is important to stimulate your pet to avoid negative behaviors such as chewing shoes or scratching the couch. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your pet.

2. Socialize

Socialize: Pet Responsibility

Dog parks and play dates are important for your pet’s development, because it boosts their confidence and gives them energy to play. Additionally, your pet will learn how to behave properly in the presence of others, and will meet other pets around the area. Use those times to pick up tips from other pet owners and see what you can do in your home. Join local pet communities to meet other like-minded people, and start a conversation about pet parenting woes and triumphs with others who can genuinely relate to your experiences.

3. Pet Safety

Pet Safety: Pet Responsibility

Being a responsible pet parent means that their safety is on the top of your mind. Ensure that your pet is properly identified with tags or microchips, and register them in your area with the proper paperwork. Regularly take your pet to the veterinarian to update their vaccinations and to receive check-ups for preventative care. Conduct some research to learn about their breed and habits you can expect. Additionally, look into training your pet. Set rules for the family and create a schedule for you to dedicate time to your pet.

4. Pet-Proof Your House

Pet-Proof: Pet Responsibility

To be more cautious about your pet’s safety, be sure to proof your house of anything that may be harmful or lethal for your new family member. Research what products can harm your pet, and keep them in a secure, unreachable location. A great way to avoid hazards around your house is to get chew toys, scratch posts and other toys your pet can stay entertained with. And if your pet is a little more able than your regular four-legged friend, lock your cabinets to avoid them getting into harmful products.

5. Put Together an Emergency Kit

Emergency Kit: Pet Responsibility

Emergencies do not come with any notice, so always being prepared with extra food, water, and toys for your pet is very important. And just like your personal kit, keep it nearby for easy access and update it every so often in order to have fresh items. Don’t forget to pack your pet’s disaster kit as well-similar to humans, remember to have one for your pet should any circumstance arise.

6. Travel Safety

Pet travel: Pet Responsibility

Traveling for a while? Be sure to get a trustworthy pet sitter if you are not taking your pet, and don’t forget to leave veterinary care authorization for them. It helps to bring your sitter in a couple days prior to leaving to make sure they’re comfortable with the sitter. Additionally, this creates a mutual chemistry between the sitter and your pet, and you’ll be able to determine how well they will interact with each other once you leave. Another option is to book overnight lodging for your pet in a dedicated facility. Research local facilities and their amenities, and choose them as you deem fit. If your pet is traveling on the road with you, make sure you have food, water, travel bowls, and any necessary medications to accommodate for the commute. Make frequent stops to exercise and to take bathroom breaks. Remember that animals are most comfortable when they have plenty of room, so relieve an anxious pet by letting them sit with you if possible.

7. Be a friend

Be a Friend: Pet Responsibility

Animals need companionship, and they are trustworthy, loyal friends; after all, the common phrase is that “a dog is a man’s best friend”. In turn, we also need to express our love towards our pet. Treat them as part of your own family, and care for them as if they were your own children. Remember to feed them regularly, set out a fresh bowl of water as often as you can, and talk to them. Reciprocate the unwavering love and companionship that they give by providing them with both their basic needs AND emotional attention.

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