Responsible Pet Owners Month In A Nutshell

Pets are not accessories, they’re family members. They have feelings and deserve the best care. That’s why there’s a whole month, namely February, dedicated to them.

So, in honour of Responsible Pet Owners Month, here’s what you need to know about being a responsible pet owner, in a nutshell.

What are the Key Categories of Pet Care?

1. SAFETY      2. HEALTH      3. HAPPINESS

Safety

  • Pet-proofed home
  • Microchip: test it annually
  • Prevent straying / escaping
  • Clean, dry, safe and warm shelter
  • Accessories/equipment for safe travel
  • Stress-free lifestyle and fear-free environment
  • Emergency plan and equipment: first aid, emergency contact details and evacuation plan

Health

  • Fresh water
  • Nutritious food
  • Regular exercise
  • Regular grooming
  • Spaying/neutering
  • Routine vaccinations
  • Waste-free living spaces
  • Routine visits to a veterinarian
  • Routine parasite prevention treatment
  • Adjust your pet’s diet with age or if they develop a condition
  • Veterinarian visits after injury or whenever you suspect illness or pain

Happiness

  • Training
  • Playtime
  • Physical affection
  • Mental stimulation
  • Undivided attention
  • Socialization (if they enjoy it, some don’t)
  • Company: pets get stressed and depressed when left alone for too long

Additional Advice and Tips

  • Consider pet insurance
  • Budget for emergencies
  • Don’t get more pets than you can properly care for
  • Obey rules regarding pets where applicable/relevant
  • Make sure there’s someone who can take care of your pet if you no longer can

Happy Responsible Pet Owners Month!

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