Various countries around the globe are celebrating a day of empowerment for pet owners. The goal is obviously to encourage owners to behave responsibly towards their animals. The American and the Canadian Kennel Club do it in September for dogs, April is national pet month in the UK, and in Australia, a day is reserved to celebrate our dog friends.
No matter what time of year, today is a good day to remember that being a responsible owner means going well beyond feeding, watering and providing shelter for your pet.
Maintaining an animal is a big responsibility, but it’s also so rewarding!
But what is it to be a responsible owner? Here are some examples that could guide you.
- Have your pet sterilized to avoid the arrival of unwanted kittens or puppies.
- Always offer fresh water and quality food.
- Brush your pet regularly.
- Bring your pet’s level of hygiene to a higher level by brushing your teeth, cleaning your ears, and washing as needed.
- Socialize your dogs in front of new individuals, places, or in the presence of other dogs.
- Pick up and place in an appropriate place the droppings of your pet.
- Regularly visit your veterinarian to have your pet examined, vaccinated and to prevent parasitic damage.
- Offer your pet exercise and mental stimulation.
- Make sure he is identified and identifiable. (microchip, necklace, armadillo)
- Comply with regulations regarding leash keeping, the maximum number of pets allowed, etc.
- Improve the security of your home to protect your pet from injury, or the absorption of toxic products.
- Travel safely with him, by slipping in his cage or harness, etc.
- Train your pet to reduce behavioural problems that may cause difficulty. He must know how to sit, stay, and come when asked.
- Bring your pet to the vet if you think he’s hurt or sick.
- Be prepared to invest time and money to care for your pet.
Each day must have its special moment or you spend time on it. This reinforces the link you have with him.
Consider contributing to health insurance for your pet, or save money for times when your health will be faltering. We all hope that he will never be sick or hurt, but realistically, it must be understood that this could happen someday. Having insurance or a little woollen sideline for a kitty or kitty could help if it should happen.
Finally, promise yourself from now on, always offer your pet the best possible care. To get there, put the tips in this section into practice!