What it Means to be a Responsible Pet Owner

Rocklin_iStock_000074209125_LargeWelcoming a new pet into your life is an amazing experience. However, a great deal of thought and preparation goes into becoming a responsible pet owner. If you’re adopting a new puppy or kitten, you have years of fun to look forward to, but you’ll need to be prepared for a lot more than just a few back scratches. Think you’re ready? Let’s find out!

The Starting Line

It’s important to bring your new pal in for a wellness visit. This is a great way to launch a lifetime of healthy habits, and a good time for us to share some basic principles about being a responsible pet owner:

  • We’ll discuss the benefits of spaying or neutering your pet. Besides the prevention of unwanted litters, removing reproductive organs can actually decrease your pet’s risk of developing certain cancers.
  • The pros of microchipping your pet will be reviewed. Microchipping is one of the best ways to ensure a safe return in the event he or she becomes lost.  
  • Disease prevention is the key to a long and healthy life. We provide specific vaccinations for your pet’s lifestyle and potential exposure.
  • Parasite prevention is also essential, and we’ll get your started on a 12-month preventive.
  • We’ll make sure you know the signs of a pet emergency. Don’t wait to contact us when your pet needs help.

Other Needs

You should make sure your pet is happy and comfortable, but this goes beyond just buying a soft bed and squeaky toys. To be a truly responsible pet owner, follow through with these extra special measures:

  • Provide regular dental care to prevent the development of gum disease.
  • Make sure your pet’s nutrition meets his or her general health needs. Let us help you find the right product for your growing or senior pet.
  • Manage your pet’s weight with regular exercise. Although it can be tempting, don’t skip those daily walks!
  • Provide plenty of opportunities for socialization and training.

You are a Responsible Pet Owner

Adopting a companion animal is a big decision that should be considered carefully. Countless animals are placed in a home only to be surrendered once the owner realizes he or she isn’t up for the challenge.

If you have the time, energy, and resources to provide a loving pet with a forever home, we know you won’t regret it. Remember to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Good luck in your search, responsible pet owner!