A Pet Owner’s Guide: Knowing Your Responsibilities of Pet Ownership
Are you a brand new and anxious pet owner?
Whether you’ve already got a faithful furry companion or are planning to have one running around your house, a is a long-term responsibility you need to be ready for.
A pet is not just a friend that can make your life better and interesting; it is a living being that is entrusted in your hands. You are supposed to be the ultimate resource for food, care, love, and happiness for the furry little bundle of joy you plan on bringing home.
To ensure this; you need to take full responsibility.
The thought of being responsible for a pet can be stressful at times; there are a lot of factors you have to consider.
This blog post will guide you through all the things that you need to be prepared for your little friend!
Quickly move on to the interesting stuff…
Whether you have bought yourself your favorite pet or adopted a furry ball of cuteness that melted your heart, your prime responsibility is to have its rightful ownership.
This section of the blog deals with just that!
Your pet may be dearer to you than your relatives, but the law still considers it as one of the properties you own. And as much as you argue over the matter, they’ll only consider you as your pet’s rightful owner if you have proper documents to prove the same.
The proof can be in the form of your license, one which you receive during the registration of any household pet. This license holds you accountable for any licensing related matters, vaccination, and liability issues.
If you don’t keep your pet’s fertility in check, you’ll have a litter of puppies or kittens running around your house before you know it! If you’re not into such surprises, this section of the blog will help you.
This is done in male pets to prevent unplanned litters and genital diseases, including testicular cancer or prostate diseases. Neutering or castration means the removal of testicles through a minor operation which blocks any chance of your dog or cat becoming a father.
This is done for female pets to prevent unplanned pregnancies and diseases of the uterus and mammary glands. This process involves an operation that removes the uterus of your pet.
Although you can spay/neuter your pet when it is as young as a few months old, it is best to consult your vet, who will be able to tell when is the best time to do the procedure on your pet.
Some researchers suggest spaying or neutering after puberty can significantly decrease life long health risks and benefit behavior!
Overall Health And Wellness
You may love to cuddle your furry bundle of joy and shower him with kisses, but this fur and their warm blood also make them prone to pests and infections.
Young and old alike, your pet needs constant medical support to keep it healthy!
This section of the blog post will tell you more.
The number one that you must protect your pet from is rabies.
Keep your rabies vaccine schedule up to date, with its first shot scheduled as early as 12 weeks. Other important vaccines that protect your pets from serious life-threatening viruses include Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvovirus, Feline Parvovirus, and others which your vet will take you through.
Besides the above core vaccines that every pet should be administered, some vaccines are circumstantial.
In the case of some infection, traveling, or geographical location related.
You have to be vigilant about referring to your pet in case of any such circumstances.
Besides regular vaccinations, the other threat to your pets is caused by ticks, fleas, and other pests. While your local pet will surely recommend you some quarterly or monthly treatment, you have to make sure your pet follows the treatment regularly and is kept clean and hygienic.
Are You Responsible Enough?
Last but the most important factor, you have to make sure you are ready for your pet. You can’t be too busy, too stressed and living paycheck to paycheck, and still own a pet.
A pet will require your love, time, and a lot of monetary support. To be a responsible pet parent, you have to make sure you can provide all of these and even more to your pet.
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