Did you know that February is “Responsible Pet Owners” month?
Having a pet is an incredibly rewarding experience, but with it comes a lot of responsibility.
So, with this month being the time to brush up on your pet parenting skills, we thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight six ways you can become the best pet parent that you can be.
Owning a pet requires a huge investment of your time and money, and preventative healthcare is important for protecting your pet from serious diseases and illnesses.
Make sure your pet receives regular vaccinations, flea and worming treatment, and health checks. This will allow your vet to spot early signs of disease or illness, and treat it sooner rather than later, thus making sure your pet is as happy and healthy as possible.
Our Medivet Healthcare Plan is the perfect way to cover the cost of your pet’s preventative healthcare, so give your local Medivet practice a call today to find out more about the benefits of our healthcare plan.
Spending time with your pet is really important for developing that all-important bond.
If you’re a new pet owner, consider how much time you’ll have to spend with your pet, for example, if you’re going to be out of the house for long periods of time, can you make arrangements for a family member or friend to look after them in the meantime?
A really sad statistic reveals more pets under the age of two are put to sleep because of behavioural problems rather than from dying of diseases. This can be avoided if your pet is given the right amount of training and socialisation during their early years.
Make sure your pet is exposed to as many animals, people and sounds as early as possible so they are used to them later on in life.
A responsible part of pet ownership is to make sure your pet can be easily identified if they ever become lost or stolen.
For dogs, it is now the law to ensure your dog is microchipped but we’d strongly recommend this for all species. You will also be responsible for making sure your details are up-to-date within the database, and we’d always advise ensuring your pet has a name tag attached to their collar with your details – just in case!
Every pet needs some level of exercise, but how much they need depends on their breed, age, sex and lifestyle. Not only is exercise beneficial to your pet’s health and wellbeing, it’s also a great opportunity to bond with them – plus, it’s great for you, too!
Sadly, a pet emergency can happen at any time, so it’s always best to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Avoid the stress and make note of your vet’s out-of-hours provider, just in case an emergency happens when your usual vet is closed.
At Medivet, we have nine 24-hour centres of our own. We’re there for you when you need us, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call – simply use our handy practice finder tool to contact your nearest Medivet 24-hour centre.
Our Medivet practices are always happy to offer advice on responsible pet ownership. So feel free to give your local Medivet team a call at any time for advice.
Posted February 9, 2017 in Pet Care Advice