Taking care of your dog is a full-time job. Not only do you have to walk them, but you also have to feed them and take them to the vet. You may think this is a lot to take care of, but with a few tricks, it’ll be a breeze. Continue reading for some tips on what you can do to be a responsible dog owner.

#1: Take your dog for regular wellness visits

Your dog should be evaluated by our veterinary team at least once a year. They should be kept up to date on their vaccines and receive regular preventive treatment for fleas, ticks, and heartworms. They also should receive appropriate dental care. During the wellness visit, our team will address your dog’s dietary needs to ensure they’re receiving adequate nutrition without gaining excess weight.

#2: Spay or neuter your dog

The United States has a pet homelessness crisis, resulting in millions of healthy pets being euthanized every year. Spaying or neutering your dog ensures you are not contributing to this problem. Also, these procedures can prolong your dog’s life by preventing serious infections and cancers.

#3: Socialize your dog

A properly socialized dog is more likely to be well-adjusted and well-behaved. This helps ensure your dog will be welcome at gatherings and not become aggressive toward another pet or person. Socialized dogs also are less likely to be affected by issues such as noise phobias and separation anxiety.

#4: Exercise your dog

All dogs require daily exercise to remain fit and to help keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Depending on your dog’s breed, this may entail walking around the neighborhood or a vigorous game of fetch. Finding fun ways to exercise your dog can strengthen your bond.

#5: Identify your dog

Ensure your dog always wears a snug-fitting collar and current identification tags in case they get lost. It would be best to consider having them microchipped, which is the best way to ensure they are returned to you.

#6: Make time for your dog.

Your dog sees you as their family. They require love and attention from you to be emotionally and psychologically healthy. Make time for them every day to groom, snuggle, and play.

If you have not brought your dog into the vet’s yet this year, contact us to make sure they stay happy and healthy.