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Responsible Pet Owners Month

Did you know that February is Responsible Pet Owners Month? We know, there are many pampered furballs out there. However, your beloved animal companion needs more than comfy beds and ear scritches to truly stay healthy and safe. In this article, a Lansing, MI vet goes over some key aspects of responsible pet ownership.

Veterinary Care

Making sure that your pet sees the vet regularly is one of the most important things you can do for your furry pal’s health. Most pets should come in at least once a year, though some furballs may need more frequent visits. Your four-legged buddy should also be spayed or neutered, and up to date on their vaccines and parasite control products. At home, keep an eye out for potential symptoms of illness, and call your vet right away if you notice anything amiss.

Training

This one applies mostly to dogs, of course. When it comes to cats, well, Fluffy is more likely to train you to feed her on command than you are to teach her to Sit. All dogs should know basic doggy obedience commands. Housebreaking is, of course, another must for Fido. We also recommend crate training.

Grooming

Different types of dogs and cats have very different grooming needs. Some pets may only need occasional baths, while others require daily brushing. It’s also important to keep Fido’s nails trimmed. Dental care is another thing to keep in mind, and one that is often overlooked. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Toys/Entertainment

Toys are an important part of any pet-care regimen. Fun playthings keep your pet from getting bored, promote healthy activity, and burn off excess energy. Keep your four-legged friend’s toy box full, and play with your pet regularly.

Safety

Pets have an amazing knack for getting themselves into trouble. Keep your home safe by doing some basic petproofing: remove or secure toxic plants; household and automotive chemicals; small items; plastic bags, ties, and wrappers; and sharp objects. If you have a kitty, keep your furball safe and sound indoors. Cats that go outdoors face many serious hazards! As for Fido, if you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure, and that your gate latches tightly. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us with any questions about your pet’s health or care. As your Lansing, MI pet clinic, we’re here to help.

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