February is Responsible Pet Owners Month! Being a great pet owner is one of life’s most rewarding roles. However, it takes a bit more than pouring kibble in a bowl and offering belly rubs or ear scritches on demand. Read on as a Scottsdale, AZ vet ists some things that responsible pet owners do.

Offer Great Food

Good nutrition is crucial to your pet’s health and well-being. Remember, not all foods are safe for our animal companions. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Provide A Safe, Comfy Habitat

Unfortunately, many animals spend far too much of their lives confined in uncomfortable spaces. Whether you have a dog, cat, bunny, bird, or turtle, make sure that your pet has a clean living space. Your little buddy’s home should offer comfort, entertainment, and, of course, a clean eating area. You’ll also need to provide accessories, such as toys, beds, and hide boxes.

Board

It would be nice if our animal friends could be with us all the time, but unfortunately, that just isn’t feasible. If you have to leave town, boarding is definitely the most responsible way to make sure your pet is safe and being well taken care of.

Keep Up With Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is crucial to your pet’s health and well-being. Most of our patients should come in at least once a year, though some may need more or less frequent visits. It’s also important to reach out at the first warning sign that your pet may be sick.

Research 

Part of being a responsible pet owner is really just taking some time to learn about your pet, and what they need. That means doing some research. We also recommend looking into your pet’s breed, and getting some specific care tips.

Entertainment

Just like people, pets get quite bored with nothing to do but stare at four walls. In the wild, animals are always on the move, looking for dinner and exploring nooks and crannies. Provide your pet with lots of toys and stimulation.

Safety

One thing all of our animal friends have in common? A rather remarkable ability to get into trouble. Make sure your home is safe for your little buddy! Remove or secure potential hazards, such as toxic plants, chemicals, and wires and cords.

As your Scottsdale, AZ animal clinic, we’re here to help! Please contact us anytime.