How to Be a Good Owner During “Responsible Pet Owner’s Month”

Responsibility comes with the territory of owning a cat or dog. At Pet Naturals® of Vermont, being a good owner is a way of life for us and we know that you feel the same way. Our fur babies are beloved family members and deserve to be treated that way!

Nothing beats the unconditional love and affection that we get from our pets. Now, it’s been clinically proven that owning a pet has actual health benefits for us. A recent study in Scientific Reports links dog ownership to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Pets improve our lives in so many ways and it’s our responsibility to do the same for them!

February marks “Responsible Pet Owner’s Month” and it’s a gentle reminder that owning a pet is a pawesome privilege and responsibility. Of course, we all want our pets to live long, healthy and happy lives. Here are 5 tips to help you make that happen:

5 Tips to Encourage Responsible Pet Ownership 
  • Spay or Neuter Your Pet: Sterilization can extend your pet’s life, and help avoid health and behavior problems, according to the AVMA. With millions of animals in shelters, spaying or neutering also helps prevent the overpopulation of pets. That makes you a responsible pet owner!
  • Schedule an Annual Vet Visit: Routine vet visits are an essential piece of the puzzle. You can help your best buddy live a healthy lifestyle by scheduling an annual check-up with your trusted veterinarian. Since pets are well known for concealing pain, it’s important to have an expertly trained eye evaluate your pet from head to paw.
  • Feed Your Pet a Nutritious Diet: Every good owner knows that a nutritious diet is a key part of your pet’s health and happiness. Fortunately, you have more choices than ever when it comes to selecting high-quality food for your fur ball. We encourage you to conduct your own research and consult your vet about the best food for your pet’s dietary needs.
  • Get Exercise: Daily exercise is necessary for your pet’s physical and emotional well-being! Take your doggo out for a daily walk or game of fetch to help control its weight, foster proper digestion and prevent health issues. As an added bonus, a tired dog is less likely to engage in destructive behavior like scratching furniture or begging for food
  • Give your Pet Supplements: Our supplements help improve quality of life by promoting joint, behavioral and digestive health. Many of us take Vitamin C and probiotics as part of our own health regimen. Shouldn’t provide the same care for our pets? Whatever your cat or dog may need, there’s a Pet Naturals® supplement that’s right for your pet!

So, are you a good owner? Tell us how you’re a responsible owner by leaving a comment below. We’ll share a few of our favorites on our Facebook page!

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