70% of households in the United States are lucky enough to have added a furry (or not so furry) friend to their family. That also means that they have taken on the responsibility of caring for and keeping that pet safe. Although owning a pet may seem all fun and games, there are definitely new tasks that you’ll have to add to your to-do list.
If you haven’t been a pet owner before, you may not understand what it takes to make sure the well-being of your pet is protected. Read on to learn about what new pet owner responsibilities you can expect.
1. Feed Them Properly
Each pet can be different in what type of food they should be consuming. These factors can include age, weight, exercise level, allergies, and other medical conditions.
In addition, you’ll need to know how much to feed your pet. In the United States, over half of cats and dogs are overweight or obese. This puts them at major risk for health concerns.
Regardless, proper nutrition is essential to providing the right level of care. If you are unsure about the type of food or how much food your pet needs, consult with your veterinarian.
2. Provide Love and Socialization
Everyone needs to be loved and experience social interaction. Becoming a dog owner means that you’ve just landed yourself a new best friend. They will ask for little in return and give you endless amounts of love.
It’s your responsibility to show them that they are loved with snuggles and playtime. It can also be beneficial for them to be around other animals if they have the opportunity.
3. Regular Exercise
All animals require some level of exercise to keep up their good health. When it comes to owning a dog, they usually need quite a bit of daily exercise to burn off energy. That means it is your responsibility to play with them, take them on walks, take them to the dog park, or find other ways of exercising.
If you have a safe space, a dog door can be a great tool to allow them to choose when to go outside. This can also be beneficial for cats that are trusted outdoors.
4. Cleaning Up
Pet ownership is also about being respectful to those around you. When you take your canine companion on a walk, you need to clean up after them. This is to protect others from the germs that their little surprises can carry and to help them avoid stepping in it.
5. Proper Hygiene and Health
Overall, being a pet owner means that you are responsible for the health and safety of your pet. You need to schedule regular check-ups with a veterinarian and provide proper hygiene at home. From brushing their hair, bathing, and dental care, there are plenty of tasks that need to be done to protect a pet’s health.
Understanding Pet Owner Responsibilities
These are just a handful of the pet owner responsibilities that you can expect. Of course, when getting a pet you need to consider how much work they are. Be sure that you can provide the proper care and make a financial commitment.
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