I'm lucky enough to have several people take great care of me as the clinic cat at Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic. If you're just bringing home a new pet or just want to make sure you're doing all that you can for your furry loved one, be sure to check out these tips from the folks who bring you Responsible Animal Guardian Month.
In Defense of Animals (IDA), a well-known animal welfare organization, has chosen the month of May as Responsible Animal Guardian Month. The primary purpose of the campaign is to encourage people to treat animals with more respect and to fulfill their obligation to care for those they have taken in as pets. One way to accomplish this is to use the term guardian instead of owner when referring to our pets.
Steps You Can Take to Be a More Responsible Animal Guardian
Responsible pet guardians are concerned with the physical, emotional, and cognitive health of their dog, cat, or other animal. Those who do look out for their pet’s overall well-being are more likely to develop a strong bond with her. Here are some suggestions from IDA on what you can do to take the best possible care of your pet:
- Apply rules consistently and invest as much time as needed in behavior training
- Gain your pet’s cooperation by forgoing punishment in favor of positive reinforcement
- Pet-proof your home to make it as safe as possible for her
- Make sure your pet has the opportunity to socialize with other people and pets
- Be sure to build play and exercise into his routine each day
- Limit treats, avoid giving people food, and feed your pet high-quality, nutritious food designed for her species
- Give him several minutes of your undivided attention every day
Another reason IDA started Responsible Animal Guardian Month is to encourage people to get their next pet from a shelter instead of a breeder or pet store. “Adopt, Don’t Shop” is one motto of the annual campaign.
The Importance of Annual Preventive Care Exams
If you only bring your pet to Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital when he’s sick or injured, we encourage you to come in at least once a year for a preventive care exam
. This gives our veterinarians the chance to diagnose and treat issues before they become more serious and difficult to treat in the future. Dogs and cats over age seven would benefit from a check-up every six months since this is the time that many start to display age-related health problems. Puppies and kittens under 12 months need several vaccinations as well.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions or need to schedule an appointment for your pet. Our telephone number is 763-682-2181.