Oh, for the Love! The Benefits of Responsible Pet Ownership

Happy Couple at Home with DogOwnership is a noun with a rather serious tone; essentially, it’s the act, state, or right of possessing something. We can “own” various assets, such as a home, car, or boat, but the term “pet ownership” seems inaccurate. Of course, responsible pet owners care for their pets’ needs, but it seems more precise to say that our pets own us.

While a sweet, devoted pet certainly inspires love and affection, there’s more to pet ownership than cuddles and treats. Before you dive in, it’s best to be as prepared as possible. You’ll be a much happier owner – and your pet will definitely thank you.

An Ounce of Prevention

Did you know Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital offers preventative health plans? Choose one of our specially-designed canine plans or feline plans to ensure your pet’s health and longevity.

Responsible pet ownership hinges on the prevention of diseases such as rabies or heartworm. Parasite control should be ongoing throughout the year, and disease prevention is bolstered via routine vaccinations.

After your pet’s initial wellness exam, he or she should be seen once a year until the age of seven. At that point, visits should be increased to twice yearly to monitor for age-related conditions and to perform blood chemistry checks.

The Real Deal

Spaying or neutering directly benefits our community by reducing the unwanted pet population. Spaying/neutering also lowers the risk of various health issues in your pet. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about our pet wellness plans.

Preparing for the Worst

During your pet’s spay/neuter surgery, we can also easily insert a microchip. While a collar and ID tags are great, microchipping is the best way to find your pet should you become separated from each other.

Look Good, Feel Good

Grooming goes far beyond aesthetics. In fact, maintaining your pet’s coat, skin, ears, nails, and dental care all contribute to your pet’s overall wellness. It may even add years to his or her life.

Proper Pet Ownership

Your pet needs a balanced diet, but we know it can be overwhelming to choose the right product. That’s why we work closely with our clients to ensure pets receive the nutrition they need to stay healthy. Obesity and weight-related diseases, such as diabetes, can be prevented with the proper recommendations.

Not to Mention Exercise…

Responsible pet ownership should include daily opportunities for exercise. Whether it’s play time at home or walks in the park, your pet’s longevity depends on staying active.

These opportunities also allow your pet to develop socialization skills and practice any behavioral training you’ve provided. Knowing how to safely interact with other people and animals is important, and we encourage you to initiate and maintain this practice.

The Accoutrements

Just like us, our pets require some of their own items to help them feel at home. These things usually include age-appropriate food, dishes, toys, bedding, and a travel crate.

Lastly, know how to prevent a pet emergency, and have our contact information close at hand.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or if our team can assist you with anything.