Be A Responsible Pet Owner This Month And Every Month
Tips for positive pet ownership during February’s Responsible Pet Owner Month
While volunteering at animal shelters and donating your time and energy to homeless pets is a great step in the right direction towards fighting pet overpopulation, the best place to first start conquering this worldwide problem is in your own home.
Spaying and neutering your pets, ensuring that your pet has proper identification tags, and keeping a close watch on your outdoor pet’s whereabouts are not only just helpful steps for preventing pet overpopulation, but are also essential requirements of a responsible pet owner. Taking these little steps each and every day will not only help keep your pet out of the shelter, but also ensures that your pet does not have any unexpected offspring that could end up there as well.
After all, pet ownership is a big responsibility, in more ways than one. As a pet parent, you must not only ensure that you are looking out for the health and happiness of your own pet, but are also taking on the responsibility to ensure that they are not negatively affecting other pets around them.
To help ensure that all pet owners understand the importance of caring and looking after their household pets, we are taking the time to spread the word of responsible pet ownership during February’s Responsible Pet Owner Month. Here are just a few ways in which you can guarantee the health and happiness of your pets, along with the health and happiness of other pets around them:
Practice Healthy Diet And Fitness Routines
A healthy exercise routine not only helps to keep your pet fit and healthy, but also helps to release any pent up energy that they may have stored up. Fresh air and exercise can also be beneficial for avoiding unwanted behaviors that some pets display at the end of a long, boring winter. However, in addition to an active exercise routine, also be sure that they are following a regular, portion controlled diet to help prevent weight related health problems.
Get Your Pet Regular Check-Ups
The best thing that you can do to keep your pet healthy, as well as the health of different pet’s that may come into contact with them, is to get your pet regular check-ups with your veterinarian. Your pet should be examined by a vet within 24 hours of their adoption in order to undergo a thorough physical before you bring them into your home and your life. Annual vet visits are also essential for preventative care.
Spay/Neuter Your Pets
The single most important thing that you can do as a responsible pet owner is to spay and neuter your pets. 3.7 million animals, many of which are the offspring of beloved family pets, are euthanized each year due to pet overpopulation and overcrowding in animal shelters. Having your pets spayed and neutered is the simplest way to prevent pet overpopulation, and can also help your pets live healthier, longer lives.
Do you have any other essential tips for being a responsible pet owner? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below. In the mean time, be sure that you follow these three tips for responsible pet ownership not just in February, but all year long!
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