HEALTH & WELLNESS

AACL – Animal Anti-Cruelty League

We’re excited and honoured to feature South Africa’s second largest independent animal welfare organisation on PetlifeSA for one year, starting July 2019.

Responsible Pet Owners Month In A Nutshell

Pets are not accessories, they’re family members. They have feelings and deserve the best care. That’s why there’s a whole month, namely February, dedicated to them.

So, in honour of Responsible Pet Owners Month, here’s what you need to know about being a responsible pet owner, in a nutshell.

What are the Key Categories of Pet Care?

1. SAFETY       2. HEALTH       3. HAPPINESS

Safety

  • Pet-proofed home
  • Microchip: test it annually
  • Prevent straying / escaping
  • Clean, dry, safe and warm shelter
  • Accessories/equipment for safe travel
  • Stress-free lifestyle and fear-free environment
  • Emergency plan and equipment: first aid, emergency contact details and evacuation plan

Health

  • Fresh water
  • Nutritious food
  • Regular exercise
  • Regular grooming
  • Spaying/neutering
  • Routine vaccinations
  • Waste-free living spaces
  • Routine visits to a veterinarian
  • Routine parasite prevention treatment
  • Adjust your pet’s diet with age or if they develop a condition
  • Veterinarian visits after injury or whenever you suspect illness or pain

Happiness

  • Training
  • Playtime
  • Physical affection
  • Mental stimulation
  • Undivided attention
  • Socialisation (if they enjoy it, some don’t)
  • Company: pets get stressed and depressed when left alone for too long

Additional Advice and Tips

  • Consider pet insurance
  • Budget for emergencies
  • Don’t get more pets than you can properly care for
  • Obey rules regarding pets where applicable/relevant
  • Make sure there’s someone who can take care of your pet if you no longer can

Happy Responsible Pet Owners Month!

Related Articles

Taking Care of Your Dog’s Health Read Now

Taking Care of Your Cat’s Health Read Now

The Many Health Benefits of Walking Your Dog  Read Now

previous arrow
next arrow
Slider
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Close Menu
error: Content is protected !!