February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month! Our furry friends really do bring lots of love and laughter into our homes. However, they are living beings that need proper care. That means more than just offering treats and ear scritches! A Fort Collins, CO vet discusses some key points of responsible pet ownership below.
Most of our patients would rather take a nap than come visit us, but they are much healthier—and therefore happier—with proper care. We recommend that dogs and cats be fixed, microchipped, and kept current on exams, vaccines, and parasite control. It’s also important to monitor your pet, and bring them in if you notice any signs of illness or injury.
We could (and have) write a whole post on this alone. There’s almost no end to the ways Fluffy and Fido can get into trouble! One key thing is keeping your four-legged pal safely contained in your home and/or yard, and/or keeping Fido leashed whenever you take him out. Also, don’t let your four-legged pal ingest or come into contact with harmful substances. Ask your vet for tips on pet safety.
Good pet care really does start with good nutrition. It can be a bit overwhelming trying to pick the best type of food for Fluffy and Fido, with every brand trying to make their product look best. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Grooming needs vary wildly from pet to pet, especially among dogs. Some pooches need daily brushing and frequent baths, while others just need the occasional once-over. Kitties are very clean, but they can also use a helping hand here. Ask your vet for more information.
Your furry bff’s mental and emotional health are also very important. Fido and Fluffy need stimulation to really thrive. Provide plenty of toys, and play with your pet daily. Dogs will benefit from regular walks, trips to the park, and puppy playdates. Kitties may appreciate comfy window seats, cat furniture, or even a catio.
Small touches can go a long way here. Climate control, soft beds, and protection from the elements are a few examples of this. Fido may need a warm jacket in winter, while Fluffy may appreciate having a light left on for her if you’ll be out after dark.
As your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, we’re here for you! Call us anytime!