What Does it Take to be a Responsible Pet Owner?

Happy Couple at Home with DogUnderstanding personal responsibility is one of life’s greatest lessons – and it’s also one of life’s greatest gifts. To be a reliable, dedicated, and trustworthy person means earning the respect and admiration of others, leading to new opportunities and success.

So what does this have to do with pets? A truly responsible pet owner adheres to a certain code of care and makes the health and happiness of his or her pet top priorities.

From the Beginning

Some of us accept responsibility because it’s the only option. While it’s best to be fully prepared to welcome a pet into your life and home, some adoptions happen on a whim. Either way, it’s important to commit to providing for your new friend.

This involves more than just assembling bedding, food, toys, etc. Instead, a truly responsible pet owner looks toward the future and prepares for a lifetime of health and wellbeing.

More to Love

Owners of cats and dogs typically have a different list of priorities than owners of pocket pets and birds. That being said, each and every pet deserves routine wellness care, no matter the species or lifestyle. These appointments are guaranteed times when you can ask questions, address any concerns, and learn more about how to properly care for your pet.

Other Facets of Care

Like we mentioned before, owners of birds, pocket pets, and other exotics have unique responsibilities specific to each species. We highly recommend keeping up with avian preventive care and pocket pet exams to ensure your furry, scaled, or feathered friend remains in optimal health. Likewise, we’re always available to address your concerns and help you make choices that benefit your pet.

Reasonable Routine

If you own a shelter dog or cat, he or she is probably already spayed/neutered. If your pet comes from a private breeder or elsewhere, you may want to consider scheduling this procedure. Spaying/neutering is not only good for the general pet population, it can also benefit your pet’s health and longevity.

Similarly, a responsible pet owner should be prepared to discuss:

  • Parasite prevention
  • Vaccinations
  • Diet/nutrition
  • Microchipping
  • Dental care
  • Grooming
  • Socialization/behavioral training
  • Enrichment and exercise

Emergencies and the Responsible Pet Owner

Animal caregivers must always be at the ready for a pet emergency. While no one wants their pet to experience an illness or injury, early detection and intervention are key to achieving better outcomes.

Pet poisoning is a common cause of emergencies, so make sure dangerous chemicals or household items are stored safely away from your companion.

A Long Life Together

A truly responsible pet owner works closely with a supportive veterinary team, and

the staff at Ten West is always here for you and your pet. We invite you to call us with any questions or concerns.