September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month! This is a pretty big topic for people with dogs. Fido needs quite a bit of love and care to truly thrive. Given the chance, your pup would probably insist that being a responsible dog owner basically entails offering lots of bacon and belly rubs, but it actually consists of quite a bit more than that. Read on as a local Portland, OR vet lists some key aspects of being a good dog owner.
Most of our canine pals are not very picky eaters. However, all dog foods are definitely not created equal. Fido will do best on a high-quality food, one that is appropriate for his age, health, and lifestyle. A Chihuahua puppy has very different nutritional needs than a full-grown Wheaten Terrier! Ask your vet for advice.
Man’s Best Friend is very intelligent, and can learn over 100 commands. However, you don’t have to go that far. The main thing is to make sure your furry buddy obeys basic commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come.
Petproofing is a must! This entails keeping things that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, plastic bags, and small or sharp objects, out of your four-legged friend’s reach. If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure. It’s also important to keep your pooch leashed when you take him off your property.
Baths and nail trims may not be your dog’s favorite things, but they are important. Sorry, Fido!
Just like people, dogs need entertainment and stimulation. Offer your canine buddy lots of fun toys. You’ll also need to make sure he’s getting enough exercise and playtime. Don’t think of this as a chore: playing with your pet is bound to lift your spirits as well!
We know, Fido would probably prefer a trip to the park over a trip to the clinic. However, keeping up with your cute pet’s veterinary care needs is a big part of responsible dog ownership. We recommend that all pooches be fixed, microchipped, and kept current on exams, vaccines, and parasite control.
Last but not least, make sure to spend lots of time with Fido. Belly rubs, ear scritches, and snuggles are important, too!
Does your pup need to come in for an exam? Contact us, your local Portland, OR animal hospital, today!