The American Kennel Club states, “Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it’s a responsibility.” Whether you own a dog, a cat or a different pet, having a pet comes with responsibilities. February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month. Follow these tips on being a responsible pet owner and taking care of your pet’s health. 

Spay and Neuter Your Pet
February is also Spay and Neuter Awareness Month. Spaying and neutering your pets helps them live longer and healthier lives. Additionally, spaying and neutering helps prevent negative behavior problems associated with not having the procedures done. 

Pet Proof Your Home
A part of responsible pet ownership is being aware of the products and foods that are harmful to pets. Make sure anything poisonous and dangerous is kept in secure locations out of reach of your pet. Furthermore, make sure you’re aware of the steps to take if an accident does occur. 

Pay Attention to Mealtimes
Proper nutrition is key to good health. Keeping your pet on a stable and monitored diet helps prevent weight related problems. Therefore, talk with your veterinarian about the type and amount of food that’s right for your pet.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Combined with a nutritious diet, regular exercise is also crucial for keeping your pet healthy and helping them release excess energy. Pets without sufficient exercise tend to develop behavioral issues. Therefore, even walking your dog or cat for a set time every day makes a big difference in their overall health and wellness. 

Practice Preventative Maintenance and Care
Regular vet visits and grooming appointments are also essential to responsible pet ownership. Additionally, consider insuring your pet. Health emergencies come up unexpectedly. Therefore, insure your pet to make sure they get the care they need no matter the cost. 

All pets need love, care and attention. Part of fulfilling that is making sure they stay healthy and happy. Show your pet you care and bring them into Regal Animal Hospital for quality veterinary care!