Responsible Pet Ownership Month

Did you know that February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month? While taking good care of your pet is important all the time, this is a great time to take a look at your furry buddy’s care regimen, and see if anything could be improved. Here, a Lafayette, LA vet discusses some key aspects of responsible pet ownership.

Good Food

Proper nutrition is a crucial part of your pet’s care regimen. Follow your vet’s nutritional recommendations, including serving sizes, product recommendations, and suitable treats. We know that Fido and Fluffy have a way of wrapping their owners around their paws, but don’t let your pet’s theatrics manipulate you into overfeeding him. If your furry buddy becomes obese, they will face some very serious health problems!

Stimulation

Pets are very curious, and can get restless and unhappy with nothing to do. Make sure your furry friend has plenty of fun toys, and take time to play with them daily. Keeping your animal companion entertained will also reduce the chances of them engaging in problematic behaviors, like digging and inappropriate spraying.

Veterinary Care

We recommend that all pets be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Regular exams and vaccinations are also important. Most of our patients should see us at least once a year, though young animals and senior pets may need more frequent appointments. In between visits, keep up with your furry friend’s parasite control, and watch for signs of illness. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss. Ask your vet for more information.

Training

We know, you really can’t train cats. (Actually, Fluffy has a way of training us, rather than the other way around.) However, if you have a dog, make sure Fido knows and obeys simple obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down.

Activity

Physical activity is crucial to your pet’s health and well-being. As mentioned above, toys and playtime are both important. Fluffy should also have some kitty furniture that encourages her to jump and climb, such as a cat tower. Fido, on the other hand, will need at least a daily walk. Your furry buddy’s exact activity needs will depend on their breed, age, weight, and health, so ask your vet for advice.

Does your pet need a veterinary exam? Is your four-legged pal due for vaccinations or parasite control? Contact us, your Lafayette, LA pet clinic, anytime!

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