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Responsible Pet Ownership

February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month! This is a topic that is very near and dear to our hearts, as we truly want nothing more than for all of our animal friends to be happy, healthy, and safe, and to have loving homes. Being a good pet parent is very rewarding, but it does take work. Here, a Hamilton County, IN vet discusses responsible pet ownership.

Basics

Offer your four-legged buddy good, high-quality pet food and healthy treats. You’ll also need to provide plenty of fun toys, a comfy bed, and, of course, fresh water. Kitties will need a clean litterbox and some cat furniture, while most pooches need regular walks. We also recommend doing some research into your furry friend’s breed.

Veterinary Care

Your furry friend will be much healthier with regular veterinary care. We recommend that all dogs and cats be spayed or neutered, microchipped, and kept current on their vaccinations and parasite control products. It’s also very important to contact your vet at the first sign of illness. Your pet’s care needs will change a bit over time, so consult your vet regularly.

Grooming

Your four-legged pal’s grooming needs will depend very much on what type of coat he or she has. Some furballs need regular baths and/or daily brushings, while others may only need occasional beauty treatments. If you have a pup, you’ll also need to keep your dog’s nails trimmed.

Training

Make sure that Fido knows basic doggy obedience commands. The most important ones are Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. As for Fluffy, well, she’ll probably train you, but that’s another topic.

Safety and Security

Pets are both curious and playful, and have a knack for getting into mischief. Keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors. As for Fido, if he has a yard to play in, make sure that the fencing and gates are secure. It’s also important to do some petproofing, and remove anything that could potentially be dangerous, such as toxic plants; medicines; plastic bags and ties; chemicals; and small or sharp items.

TLC

Pets need to feel loved to really be happy. Pay lots of attention to your furry companion. Purrs and tail wags are both truly precious, but your four-legged friend’s unconditional love is the real reward.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Call us, your Hamilton County, IN animal clinic, today!

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