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|Pet Ownership Responsibility |
Be A Responsible Pet Owner
Being a responsible pet owner is much more than just providing adequate water, food and shelter for your pet. Domestic pets are completely dependent on their owners for their welfare.
- Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment. If you can't make the commitment, don't get the pet.
- Choose a pet that fits your lifestyle. Don't get a high energetic dog, if you don't have the time to exercise him. If you can't afford grooming or can't do the grooming yourself, pick a low maintenance dog.
- Get your pet license! It's so easy and gives your pet an inexpensive insurance policy for their safety and protection. Plus, it's the law.
- Spay or neuter your pets. There are too many homeless animals without adding to the problem. Millions of pets are euthanized each year because of pet overpopulation. If you do not have your dog spayed or neutered you are contributing to this problem. If your dog is suitable for breeding, be a responsible breeder. You can help save lives – please sterilize your pets!
- Do Not Be a “Backyard Breeder”. If you choose to breed your dog, be sure to follow the proper protocols and obey local ordinance(s) and permitting regarding the breeding of animals. Your pet should be a quality, healthy purebred with no congenital or hereditary problems. Educate yourself about breeding standards, become involved with a network of responsible breeders and find a veterinarian who can be involved along the way. Reputable breeders have years of experience and education. Breeding dogs is not just a hobby.
- Don't make your dog a "backyard dog". Dogs thrive on companionship and need to be with their human pack.
- Be aware of weather conditions. Leaving your dog in the car on a hot day or in the yard without shade or water is risking your dog's life.
- Make sure your home is "pet" safe. Pesticides, medications, household cleaners and some houseplants (dieffenbachia, philodendron, hyacinth, and mistletoe) can be deadly to your pet. Keep them out of reach.
- Provide veterinary care for your pet. Keep their vaccinations up to date and make sure they have annual checkups.
- Keep identification tag on your pet. It is your pets ticket back home. Both dogs and cats need ID!! Microchipping is good too, but an external tag is essential, it could mean the difference of your neighbor returning your pet to you or turning him into the pound!
- Obedience train and socialize your animal. Proper etiquette not only benefits you and your dog; it also benefits others. A well-behaved pet is less likely to upset people and pets in public places and will be more welcome at gatherings. If your pet's misbehavior results in any sort of accident, injury or similar incident, you must take full responsibility for that behavior.
- Don't let your pets run loose. Dogs should be walked leashes. Any outdoor off leash access should be secure in a fenced area. Keep your cat(s) inside. An outdoor cats average lifespan is 3 years, an indoor cat's average lifespan is 14 years.
- Provide your pet the proper diet. Obesity can be as deadly as malnutrition. Be aware that some foods can be deadly, such as chocolate, and fatty foods can cause pancreatitis.
- Make sure your pet get proper amount of exercise
- Take extra precautions during holidays like Fourth of July. It is the scariest time for pets, make sure your pets are secure indoors. Also protect your pet during Halloween.
- Be kind to your pet and show him with love... remember you are his world.
- Take special care of your pet during their senior years.
- Respect Others, Be Respected. This may seem like common sense to some of us, but there are still dog owners out there who do not "get" it. Please help give dog owners a good name by following these rules:
- Keep your pet on a leash or in a fenced-in yard when outdoors. Even if you live where it is legal to allow your pet off-leash, you should supervise him at all times. Do not let him wander the neighborhood or get out of your sight.
- Do not leave a barking dog outdoors. Continuous barking is not only unfair to your dog, it is rude and annoying to neighbors.
- Pick up after your pet. No one wants to step in or smell that "gift" your pet left behind. Please pick it up right away and dispose of it properly.
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