Responsible Pet Care & Ownership

As an owner, you are responsible for the well being of your pet. Below is a basic list of guidelines to keep in mind throughout the life of your relationship with your pet.

• Commit to the relationship for the life of the pet(s).
• Avoid impulsive decisions about obtaining pet(s), and carefully selecting pet(s) suited to your home and lifestyle.
• Recognize that ownership of pet(s) requires an investment of time and money.
• Keep only the type and number of pets for which an appropriate and safe environment can be provided, including appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
• Ensure pets are properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and that registration information in associated databases is kept up-to-date
• Adhere to local ordinances, including licensing and leash requirements.
• Control pet(s)’ reproduction through managed breeding, containment, or spay/neuter thereby helping to address animal control and overpopulation problems.
• Establish and maintaining a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
• Provide preventive (e.g., vaccinations, parasite control) and therapeutic health care for the life of pet(s) in consultation with, and as recommended by, its veterinarian.
• Socialization and appropriate training for pet(s), which facilitates their well-being and the well-being of other animals and people.
• Prevent pet(s) from negatively impacting other people, animals and the environment, including proper waste disposal, noise control, and not allowing pet(s) to stray or become feral.
• Provide exercise and mental stimulation appropriate to the pet(s)’ age, breed, and health status.
• Ensure the pet(s)’ well-being in the case of an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.
• Make alternative arrangements if caring for the pet is no longer possible.
• Recognize declines in the pet(s)’ quality of life and making decisions in consultation with a veterinarian regarding appropriate end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).

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