Are You a Responsible Dog Owner? Use this checklist to make sure you are!

Are you a responsible dog owner? Here are a few tasks you should accomplish before considering yourself a responsible dog owner, provided by CBS San Francisco.

  • Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered, which prevents pet overpopulation. Pet overpopulation leads to thousands of animals in shelters and it also keep your dog healthier by reducing the risk of cancer.
  • Ensure that your dog is licensed and micro-chipped so that if he’s lost, there’s a better chance he’ll be returned to you. This means properly registering the microchip on one of the databases, as well!
  • Keep your dog up-to-date on vaccines and visit your veterinarian for regular check-ups. It’s important to have a good relationship with your veterinarian so that your pet is comfortable around him the office as well as to keep your pet at maximum health.
  • Don’t ever purchase puppies on the Internet, since many of those dogs are from puppy mills. Instead, adopt locally from a shelter.
Protecting your dog is your responsibility as their owner. Be cautious with household supplies, as many of them are dangerous towards your pet. Watch out for accidental poisonings from human medications, household cleansers or food items which are dangerous to dogs. When out for walks or play time, watch the leash closely and pick up after your dog. Above all, give your dog lots of love and attention– dogs thrive on human contact.
Schedule an appointment today with the Bregman Vet Group to get your pet micro-chipped and up to date on all vaccines and check-ups.

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