September means back to school, pumpkins and the fall season. This month is also recognized as National Responsible Dog Ownership Month started by the American Kennel Club (AKC), aimed at helping pet parents raise happy and healthy dogs.
Owning a dog is a joy, privilege, and responsibility. If you are considering bringing a canine companion into your life, think seriously about the commitment that being a responsible dog owner entails.
Owner Aine Corridon gives us some tips on how we all can embrace the opportunity to become a more responsible pet owner. Watch her tips below:
Some of the basics of responsible dog ownership include:
- Regular exams with your veterinarian, addressing issues like dental health, skin allergies and health issues that arise with age
- Keeping your dog up-to-date with vaccinations for diseases like rabies, canine distemper and parvovirus
- Maintaining a healthy weight for your dog by feeding a healthy diet and incorporating exercise into its lifestyle
- Reducing financial stress by putting pet health care in your family’s budget
- Making sure your dog has proper identification – optimally with both a microchip and a collar with your most current contact information
- Ensuring your dog is kept safe from the elements, making sure it is protected during times of extreme cold or heat and always keeping it properly hydrated
- Establishing natural disaster preparation plans in the event of emergencies, including creating an evacuation kit
- Having spay or neuter procedures performed to curb the pet overpopulation problem
- Lots of love and playtime