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responsible pet owner. Careful research and
planning are essential, since being a responsible
pet owner requires more than just providing
adequate food, water and shelter.
- Adoption is a lifelong
Animals are capable of bonding deeply with
their families. Adopting a pet means making a
life-long commitment, which can easily be 10
to 15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for a
- Designate a primary
One adult in the home should be designated as
the primary caretaker so that the pet's daily
needs, such as food and water, do not become
lost in the shuffle of busy schedules.
- Don't banish your dog to
the backyard or put your cat outdoors.
A dog that is constantly left alone can
develop behavior problems. Dogs thrive on
several hours of exercise and companionship
every day. Cats who live outside face dangers
from other animals and people, and may they
prey on wildlife.
- Protect your pet's health
Owning a dog or cat costs more than the
adoption fee. Remember to budget for basic and
emergency veterinary care, toys, supplies, and
food. Spaying and neutering is essential for
the animal's long-term health and happiness,
and providing the animal with proper
identification will ensure its safety.
- Choose the right pet for
Dogs and cats are not right for every
household. Problems such as allergies,
apartment restrictions, or moving issues
should be considered before adopting a new
pet. Large dogs may be too strong or active
for small children. Small pets may be too
delicate for children.
- Obedience train your dog
and understand cat behavior.
Basic training helps dog owners communicate
better with their pets and strengthens the
human-animal bond. Research shows that people
who train their dogs are more likely to keep
them. Cats behave differently than dogs;
negative behavior can communicate displeasure
or be a sign of medical problems. Learn what
is appropriate behavior and what can be
changed with training.
FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS
What can I do to give my pet the best chance in
- Medical care-including
spay/neutering-is vital! Your pet's long-term
health and the prevention of pet
overpopulation depends on you.
- Socialization and training is
key! Your pet needs to experience the world
and learn how to interact with humans and
animals-but she can't do it herself. As a pet
parent, you must set your pet up for success
and teach her how to live in our world.
- None of us knows what the
future will hold. Invest now in health care,
positive reinforcement training and
socializing your pet to prepare her for
whatever the future may bear.