The ABCs of Responsible Pet Ownership

Smiling blonde woman holds up Siamese catOwning a pet is a great joy but it’s also a great responsibility. Pets are not an amusement that you can simply turn off when bored. Pets bring their own personalities, needs and flaws that must be considered in advance before deciding to get one. In this article, we’re taking a look at the basics of responsible pet ownership.

Choosing the Right Pet

It’s important to choose the right pet for your circumstances – work, free time, space, children etc. – or to figure out whether you can properly look after a pet at all. If you have a family, it is often the family’s responsibility and they must each be made aware of their own end of the bargain.

Perhaps smaller animals, like a bunny-rabbit, are better for a first pet for children and can teach them the responsibilities involved in looking after a living thing. Consider every aspect of your situation; for example, a placid cat is better than an active dog for a smaller apartment.

The RSPCA reports 130,000 animals being returned to them last year by people who were unaware or unable to uphold the responsibilities of looking after a pet. It’s important to know what you’re in for.

Diet and Exercise

Be sure to feed your pet the right diet. Different dietary needs are not present only for different species, but for different breeds within species. Varying levels of energy are also required, depending on the size and activity levels of the pet. Proper diet is essential for maintaining the physical and mental health of your animal. For instance, it’s better for a dog to be fed hard food because it helps to clean their teeth and maintain good gum and jaw health.

Don’t overfeed your pet or give it too many treats. Unlike humans, they don’t know how to say ‘no’ and will probably just keep eating until they are twice the size they once were.

Make sure they receive enough exercise to balance it out. You might not want to exercise with them but make sure they do!

Vet Checkups

Regular, scheduled vet checkups are crucial for maintaining the long-term health of your pet. Remember, vets are experienced professionals and will be able to spot hidden problems so take your pet to the vet even if they seem as happy as could be.

Microchipping and Vaccinations

It’s mandatory in most parts of Australia for dogs and cats to be microchipped and have certain vaccinations. Microchips help reunite owners with lost pets, and vaccinations ensure the health and security of our pet and human populations.

Training

Depending on their temperament, some animals might need training; for your comfort and theirs. Floreat Veterinary Centre offers puppy-training but always inquire about other potential training options.

Have a Caring Professional on Your Side

We understand that pets can be a big responsibility but the team at Floreat Veterinary Centre love those who are up to the challenge! For various veterinary needs or to make an inquiry, contact us today! Call 08 9383 7773 if you have any specific requests!