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Responsible Dog Ownership

Did you know that February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month? While giving your furry pal ear scritches and dog biscuits will keep Fido’s tail wagging, being a good dog owner entails much more than that. Here, a Roanoke, VA vet lists some key aspects of responsible dog ownership.

Training

Training isn’t just about petiquette: it’s also very important for safety reasons. Make sure Fido knows simple commands, like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down.

Veterinary Care

We recommend that all of our canine patients be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept up to date on vaccinations, exams, and parasite control products. In between visits, watch for potential signs of illness. Contact your vet right away if you notice anything unusual about your furry friend’s appearance or behavior.

Grooming

All dogs have their own specific grooming needs. Some pups need daily brushing and monthly baths, while others only need occasional beauty treatments. Ask your vet for recommendations. It’s also important to keep Fido’s teeth cleaned and his nails trimmed.

Safety

Make sure Fido is comfortable, safe, and happy. Dogs are very smart, but they don’t always know what’s best for them, especially when it comes to eating things. Do some basic petproofing by removing or securing potentially dangerous items, such as toxic items, plastic bags, and small or sharp objects.

Doggy Comforts

Always keep your pet’s comfort in mind. Make sure Fido has a comfy doggy bed to snuggle up in, and limit his outdoor time in hot or cold weather.

Good Nutrition

Making sure your dog is getting high-quality, nourishing food is very important! Fido’s nutritional needs will change as he ages, so ask your vet for recommendations. Of course, we can’t really talk about doggy nutrition without discussing Fido’s penchant for snacks. Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard: you don’t want your pup becoming obese!

Exercise/Stimulation

Dogs are very smart, and need both exercise and entertainment to truly thrive. All pooches have slightly different exercise needs, but most need at least a daily walk. Also, make sure Fido has plenty of safe, suitable toys, and to take time to play with him regularly.

Love

Love is really the magic ingredient in any dog care routine. Pay lots of attention to Fido, and spend time with him every day.

Does Fido need vaccinations or an exam? Contact us, your local Roanoke, VA pet clinic, today!

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