10 Tips To Being A Responsible Pet Owner

What does it mean to be a responsible pet owner? I’m sure if you asked fifty people, you would get fifty different answers, but the overall outlook would be roughly the same. We want nothing but the best for our fur babies…even if that means restricting them from table scraps, carefully choosing their toys, etc. Here are 10 tips to being a better, more responsible pet owner.

  1. Carefully choose your dog. Don’t purchase a puppy because they are cute. Your dog selection should be based on your lifestyle.  Pick your dog with your brain, and then love it with your heart. We offer pre-purchase counseling to help you make the best decision. Call us and we will help you.
  2. Socialize your dog.  Make sure your pet is socialized, especially if your dog is a puppy. The goal is to make your pet as comfortable and at ease around other people and animals.
  3. Don't threaten your dog. Don’t put your dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased.
  4. Train your dog. Basic commands are always a work in progress so don’t think you train them and that it is over. Continue to stimulate Fido’s mind with commands like “sit”, “stay”, “leave it”, “come”, “take nicely”, etc.
  5. Exercise.  Exercise your dog regularly and they will thank you! It will keep them healthy and stimulate them mentally. (It will also help keep us healthy and stimulate our brains as well--don't you love a win-win:))
  6. Not too much action.  Avoid highly excitable games like wrestling.
  7. Leashes.  Use a leash in public to make sure your dog is controlled at all times. You are in control of your dog and you want that to show to others.
  8. Keep your dog healthy. Make sure your pets vaccinations are ALL up to date. If you can’t remember when your dogs shots were, contact us. Heartworm, flea and tick preventives keep your pet comfortable AND healthy as well.
  9. Spay or neuter your dog. When you decide to spay or neuter your dog you have options. We utilize a laser for all surgeries. It helps seal nerve endings, for less pain, and results in a virtually bloodless surgery. Give Dr. James M. Greenwell, DVM a call and discuss your options with us so you can make a decision that is right for you, your family and your dog.
  10. Fence your dog.  If you have a fenced yard, make sure the gates and fence are secure. You don’t want your dog to run out in the street and risk getting hit by a car or even taken. Microchip identification is inexpensive and permanent, ask us about chipping your pet, if it has not already been performed. There have been cases of dogs running away and other people taking the pet tag off and keeping it, so don’t run risk!

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