February is the month of love. I am sure you celebrate Valentine’s Day but let’s not forget that this month is “Responsible Pet Ownership Month” as well! Whether you have had many pets in your life or you may be thinking of adopting or purchasing a pet for the first time, the following tips can help remind you how to be the best pet owner you can be.
Proper vet care is a must if you want to be a responsible pet owner. Preventative care is extremely important to keep your pet happy and healthy. Some of the preventative care we offer are examinations, proper vaccines, dental care, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, and much more.
If your pet needs more than preventative care we offer laser surgery, therapeutic laser therapy, and diagnostic services. In fact we are the first practice in North Carolina to have the new Class IV Therapeutic K-Laser to use on patients! The laser can help with arthritis, joint disease, wound healing, inflammatory skin and ear conditions, oral disease, and more.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your pet safe is to make sure they wear an ID tag with your correct information listed. Another great way to ID your pet is to have them microchipped. The ID tag works well if you’re pet becomes lost or runs away temporarily. A passerby or neighbor can return them or contact you. If your pet becomes lost for many days and their ID tag falls of or they are stolen, microchipping can help the authorities or an animal shelter contact you.
This Valentine’s Day there is a huge chance you or someone in your home will receive chocolate as a gift. This is a good reminder of food safety and to make sure you keep all poisonous foods and plants away from your pets. In fact, chocolate is highly poisonous to dogs. Keep it out of reach.
Most cats do stay and live indoors, but if you have a dog you know how much they love to play outside! Just remember to keep their area safe and make sure they are properly contained.
Just like humans, your pet needs entertainment and interaction with other pets and (or) people. Make sure your pet is getting proper exercise and is socialized on a regular basis. This will not only keep them happy it will be pleasing to you as well. Exercise will help ease nervous energy that leads to destructive behavior. Remember to always have fun and engaging toys for your pet as well. They love entertainment as much as you do!
Your pet also appreciates comfort as much as you do. Make sure they have a warm and cozy place to sleep. If your dog lives outside they should have a warm doghouse with heat if it is cold enough. If needed, purchase clothing that will help your dog stay warm outside. If you own a cat keep their litter boxes clean. All these things sound simple but your pet will love you for it.
This February, remember to show your pet a lot of love and be the best pet owner you can be! If you are thinking of adopting a pet for a Valentine’s gift, make sure you or the recipient will make a lifelong commitment to it.