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7 Key Parts to Responsible Pet Ownership

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. Our furry friends fill our homes with laughter and love—as well as pet fur and assorted squeaky toys—and really brighten up our lives. However, being a pet parent isn’t all about cuddles and playtime. Pets need proper care to truly thrive! A Green Bay, WI vet lists some key points of responsible pet ownership in this article.

Good Food

Good pet care really starts with good nutrition. Offer your furry buddy a high-quality pet food. Treats are fine, as long as you don’t go overboard. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Safety

Never underestimate our furry friends’ ability to get into trouble! We recommend keeping cats inside, and keeping Fido leashed whenever you take him off your property. If you have a fenced yard for your pup to play in, make sure your fencing is secure, and get a self-latching gate. Petproofing is also very important. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, small or sharp objects, chemical, medications, and plastic bags.

Training

This one mostly applies to dogs, as cats tend to train their humans, rather than it being the other way around. Teach Fido basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

Entertainment/Stimulation

Just like people, pets can suffer from boredom, anxiety, and loneliness. Make sure your furry pal is getting enough stimulation and playtime. Offer your pet lots of fun toys, and make time for daily play sessions. Fido will also need regular walks, while Fluffy will benefit from having some kitty furniture.

ID

Microchipping is a very simple process that only takes a few moments, but could one day save your pet’s life! ID tags are also important. Ask your vet for more information.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is absolutely crucial to your pet’s health and well-being. We recommend that all dogs and cats be fixed and kept current on exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. If you notice any symptoms between visits, contact your vet immediately.

Love

Your pet’s mental and emotional health also play huge roles in his or her overall well-being. Pets are always happiest when they feel loved and safe. Spend time every day with your little (or not so little) buddy.

Please reach out to us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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