We're celebrating Responsible Pet Owners Month with each and every one of you. We know being a pet parent means having a sense of responsibility for your pet that not everyone feels the same about.
We mean it. Thank you for being the best owner to your fur babies. It's a tough job sometimes, but one we cherish each and every day.
Here's What It Takes
We can't agree with the AVMA more. Being a pet parent is a huge commitment. You've got to know what you're looking for and what you're life is like.
It's best to know what kind of dog or cat would best fit your lifestyle. If you want a dog who will hang out at the house and have tons of personality, then a Frenchie would work. But that same Frenchie would NOT be a good dog for someone who wants to run the county side for miles (they're a brachycephalic breed and should not run!)
Making sure we follow the laws in our local areas is crucial. You don't want your fur babies confiscated because of a broken law. Keep them healthy by making sure your home is a healthy environment too.
Microchips are common in pets and work great for helping veterinary clinics find owners if a pet comes in with a good Samaritan or animal control. Studies have shown a microchip doubles a pet's chance of being returned to their owners. Make sure once the chip is placed it is registered to you and any time you move: update your contact info!
Depending on the brand of microchip we recommend you register with that specific brand and also recommend the Free Pet Chip Registry.
Here's a good article about microchips by the AVMA.
The final aspect of being a responsible pet owner is planning for worst case scenarios.
Check out the article about being prepared for disasters for a checklist of items to have in your evacuation kit.
It's vital to have plans in place in case you fall sick, or worse you pass away, for your pets. Many animals that find their way into shelters came from homes where their owners passed away and there was not a family set up to take the pet. Add your pet into your will to make sure they are taken care of when you are gone.
Knowing how to monitor your pets quality of life is important too. We have to be prepared to make the responsible decision for their lives. Check out the Quality of Life page to learn more.
We know you already know what it takes to be a good pet parent, but maybe there's something on this list you didn't think about before. We hope it helps you and your pet live a happier, healthier life together!
Yvonne Brandenburg, RVT, VTS (SAIM) is a Registered Veterinary Technician practicing in California and obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2016. She is the founder of InternalMedicineForPetParents.com. For more about Yvonne visit her author page here.
This website is NOT a substitute for veterinary care with a veterinarian. We recommend you follow the advice and treatment plan as prescribed by your veterinarian, and only after discussing anything found on this website with your veterinarian, with their approval, implementing advice found here.
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