Responsible Pet Ownership Month
February is Responsible Pet Ownership month. Responsible Pet Owners Month is a great reminder that there are always new ways to help our animals enjoy a more comfortable life. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) a responsible pet owner is someone who can:
Pets are for life and owners should avoid impulsive decisions when selecting a new pet. Pet owners need to think about what pet works best for their lifestyle, along with the number of animals they can provide proper care for. Providing daily physical and mental exercise on a daily bases to meet their needs, along with ongoing training is important for the well being of the animal.
Pet owners need to recognize that pets require an investment of time and money. Vet care for preventive health, illness and injuries are important.
Pet owners should obey all local ordinances, including licensing, leash laws and noise control. Cleaning up after your dog is important when out in public.
Pet owners should make sure your pet is properly identified by wearing a collar with tags or microchip. Make sure if microchipped, it is registered. In both cases, it is important to keep information up to date.
Pet owners need to prevent unwanted reproduction through proper containment or spay/neuter.
Pet owners should prepare for evacuation for emergencies or disaster. Make arrangements if you can no longer provide care for your animal. Address changes in your pet's health status by working closely with your Vet.
Kathlyn Lawrence of All Jazzed Up Pet Services LLC is a Certified Professional Trainer (CPT) with years of experience training dogs and working with animals. For more information on our Pet Services please visit our website.