Pets give us endless love and bring smiles and joy to our everyday lives. They teach us to be kinder and more compassionate. They are our loyal friends and fearless protectors. So it is worth remembering that pet ownership comes with great responsibility. After all, we are their guardians, leaders, and protectors, although it may not always feel that way.
Although there is no single accepted definition of “responsible pet owner,” here are some tips to help you create the best possible environment for a happy, healthy pet.
Recognize that you are making an emotional and financial commitment to your pet for his or her lifetime.
Pet care costs money. Therefore, you need to be aware that you are making a financial investment. Just like people, pets get injuries and health issues that require doctor visits and treatment.
Buying pet insurance can help with medical costs. MetLife1 offers several policies for dogs and cats. Routine care coverage can help with everyday costs related to proactive health visits.
If you are adding a dog to your family, think about your lifestyle, hobbies, habits, and schedule. Research breeds or mixed breeds that best fit your lifestyle.
Whether you adopt a pet from a shelter, rescue organization, or a breeder, be prepared to fill out a detailed application and/or answer extensive questions about the type of home you can provide for a pet. Any reputable organization cares as much as you do about finding the ideal match between the pet and prospective home.
We all know that life can throw unexpected curveballs. Responsible pet owners take this into account and carefully plan ahead so their pets will be cared for in the event that something happens to them. Taking steps like preparing a pet evacuation plan or having your pets microchipped may be a good start.
By taking a pet into your home, you are committing to provide safety, food, water, shelter, health care, and companionship.
Food, water, vaccinations, and protection from the elements are necessities. However, animals also have emotional needs.
Among these are the need for companionship and interaction. Most pets, if given the choice, would prefer to be indoor pets, living side-by-side with their human companions.
Pets live more fulfilling lives when they are treated as family members rather than provided with outdoor shelter or relegated to the garage.
Abide by state and local ordinances regarding pets.
- Knowing the number of pets you can have on your property.
- Making sure your pets are properly registered and licensed.
- Knowing and obeying all leash laws.
No one wants to risk their beloved pet becoming lost. Thankfully, you can greatly increase the likelihood of your pet’s safe return by doing the following:
- Make sure your pets have proper identification, including visible pet tags.
- Have your pets microchipped.
- Keep your pet’s information in all registration and microchip databases current.
- List a cell phone number on your pet’s ID tag in the event that he becomes lost while you are away from home.
Developing a relationship with your veterinarian as soon as you bring your new pet home. Your vet will get your pet started on a regular vaccination schedule and will recommend options for preventative parasite control treatments.
Regular check-ups and preventative care are important to keeping your pet functioning at his best.
Pets need regular exercise to stay in shape just like people do.
Some statistics indicate that up to half the dogs in the United States are overweight. Regular exercise helps prevent pet obesity and provides necessary mental stimulation.
Always remember to give your pet lots of love. You are your pet’s favorite thing in the whole world. So don’t forget the little things because to him, they are huge:.
If they do something right- let them know! Dogs love the sound of our voice, and a little positive reinforcement never hurt.