February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month. This is a very important topic! While we love seeing pampered pets, being a responsible pet owner means taking care of all aspects of your furry friend’s health or care. A local Spring Hill, TN vet offers some insight on some key elements of this below.
We’ve learned a lot in the last century about all the ways that our diets affect our physical health. This is just as true for pets as it is for us! Our four-legged pals’ menus are definitely not one-size-fits-all: Fido and Fluffy’s diet should be customized to suit their age, size, health, breed, and lifestyle. Treats are fine, of course, but stick with healthy options and don’t go overboard. Ask a vet for specific advice.
Being a responsible owner also includes keeping your animal companion safe from the things that could potentially pose a risk. There’s a lot of ground to cover on this one! Petproofing is a must, especially for those with young and/or frisky pets. For dogs, keeping Fido leashed is also crucial. As for Fluffy, keeping her safe and sound indoors will go a long way here.
When it comes to responsible pet ownership, this is one of the most important things you can do. Pet overpopulation is an ongoing issue, and shelters are overflowing, and unable to keep up with skyrocketing admissions. Having Fido and Fluffy fixed will ensure that they are not contributing to the problem with unwanted litters.
Keeping up with your furry buddy’s veterinary care is also crucial. Most adult pets should come in about once a year, though some may need more frequent visits. Vaccinations and parasite control are also important. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedules. If you notice anything off about your dog or cat in between visits, make an appointment right away.
Little luxuries can make a big difference to keeping your furry best friend happy and healthy. That includes enrichment and stimulation. Toys, training, playtime, and, for dogs, regular walks, will help prevent the bored doggy blues. Fluffy will appreciate comfy beds, cat furniture, and, of course, catnip. Last but not least, pay lots of attention to your pet!
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Spring Hill, TN animal clinic, we’re here for you!