This April, 1001 carpet care are proud sponsors of National Pet Month.
National Pet Month aims to celebrate the millions of pets that live with us, and to promote responsible pet ownership. So, we’ve put together this essential guide to 13 ways that you can be a responsible pet owner. Keep reading to find out more.
1. Make sure your pet has a healthy diet
Whatever pet you have, they can’t decide for themselves what to eat. So, it’s up to you to make sure they get a varied and nutritious diet.
With so many different types of food out there, it can sometimes be difficult to know which is the best one for your pet. If you’re confused, speak to your vet as they can make recommendations as your pet’s needs change.
Depending on your pet there may be very specific needs, so research your pet’s diet thoroughly.
2. Give them suitable housing and bedding
Whether you have a dog or a goldfish, they all have very specific environmental needs. For certain animals their housing is vital, and they can become seriously ill in the wrong environment. Make sure you speak to an expert to ensure your pet gets everything they need.
Your pet should also have plenty of stimulation to keep them happy. Make sure they have lots of toys to play with!
3. Clean up after your pet
Cleaning up after your pet is part of being a responsible owner, both inside and outside your home.
For example, always make sure you clean up after your dog when you take them for a walk. Not only is this good behaviour, but you could also face a fine if you don’t clean up after them!
And, make sure your pet’s litter tray and bedding is cleaned regularly.
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4. Neuter where appropriate
In 2017 alone, the RSPCA rescued more than 114,000 animals across the UK. Rescue centres often struggle to cope with the numbers of pets who need new homes, so you can do your bit by making sure your pet is neutered or spayed.
Neutering your pet can have significant health and behavioural benefits, such as eliminating the risk of a pyometra in female dogs and lessening the likelihood of cats straying and getting lost.
5. Protect them against disease
If you own a pet, vaccination against disease is one of the most important things you can do for them.
Vaccination is an easy and highly effective way of ensuring your pet doesn’t contract some serious diseases. Many such diseases have no cure, and so vaccination is the only way of ensuring your pet remains healthy.
Speak to your vet to establish a vaccination programme for your pet.
6. Groom them regularly
Most pets need some sort of regular grooming to keep them in good condition.
Long-haired pets often need more grooming, while older pets may also need more help as they become less agile. Even short-haired pets can need care – for example, trimming their claws/nails.
Grooming can also be a great way to spend time with your pet and establish a bond with them.
7. Make sure they’re microchipped and easily identifiable
Under a new law that came into effect on 6 April 2016, all dogs and puppies must be microchipped and registered by the age of eight weeks.
You should also consider microchipping other pets as it gives you the best possible chance of being reunited should anything happen to them.
8. Insure your pet
Pet insurance gives you the peace of mind that your pet has access to all the care they need in the event of an emergency or ill health.
Whether it’s to treat your cat if they have been in an accident, or a dog with a chronic condition, pet insurance helps you meet any unexpected vet bills.
There are lots of pet insurers, so head online to compare prices. Choosing the cheapest option won’t always be the best option for you – make sure you pick the insurance that offers the level of protection you need.
9. Make sure your pet is well-trained
If you’re homing a young pet, then early socialisation and habituation are very important to ensure that your pet goes on to be confident and happy. Young animals have a ‘sensitive period’ up to around 16 weeks old during which they need to experience key things.
If you take on an adult pet, you can still make sure that your pet is given a thorough introduction to their new environment. Your responsibility is to ensure that your pet can be trusted around other people and their pets.
10. Pet proof your house
Research what household products and foods can harm your pet. Make sure you keep these securely stored away so your pet can’t eat something they shouldn’t, or otherwise hurt themselves.
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11. Clean their teeth
Making sure your pet has clean teeth helps you avoid potential problems. Ensuring clean teeth can prevent serious and painful issues from occurring – often resulting in difficult and expensive treatment.
Make sure you maintain the health of your pet’s teeth and gums.
12. Prevent parasites
Fleas, worms, and ticks are all very common. Not only can they harm your pet, but they can also carry other diseases. They can also potentially affect you and your family.
Make sure you ask your vet about what products to regularly use to best prevent parasites.
13. Love them!
With millions of pets sharing our homes, it’s clear that the UK is a pet-loving country. And, one of the best ways to be a responsible owner is to show your pet love and affection.
Look after your pet, and they will be a companion, friend and source of joy for their lifetime.