Pets are companions for life and owning one is a huge responsibility. Keeping pets and their humans happy is at the heart of responsible pet ownership. Here are four steps to get you started.

Microchips

When a pet goes missing, it can be a traumatic experience for their human. Why not give your pet the best chance of being found by microchipping them? Microchips offer a permanent solution to pet identification compared to collar tags that can break and become difficult to read over time. Plus, they last a lifetime! The microchipping process is quick and painless. If your missing pet makes its way to a shelter or vet, a scanner can be used by staff to read the identification number on the implanted chip. Since this number is unique to your pet, the staff member will be able to use it when connecting with the lost pet recovery service. Then, the team will contact you so that you can bring your pet home. Amazing, right? Plus, microchips aren’t just for dogs! Curious cats are great candidates for microchips. If you’re interested in microchipping, talk to your vet or local shelter.

Spay and Neutering

The best way to prevent pet homelessness is to spay or neuter your pet. There are medical and behavioural benefits too. Pets that have been spayed or neutered tend to live longer because they have extra protection from diseases like cancer. They’re also less likely to roam and mark their territory in the house.

Pet Proofing

Puppies and kittens are naturally curious, but some older dogs and cats don’t seem to outgrow their mischievous streak! That’s why pet proofing is a good practice no matter how old your pet is. The first step? Think like a dog or cat. Look around the house from the perspective of your pet and spot potential hazards. Keep an eye out for:

  • Loose cables, cords, and wires.
  • Hiding spots behind or under furniture.
  • Hazardous chemicals (especially in the garage).
  • Toxic plants.
  • Containers with missing lids.

Pet Insurance

The stress of an unexpected trip to the vet can take its toll on pet owners. What if you don’t have the funds set aside to pay for veterinary care? In the event of an illness or emergency, pet insurance provides owners with financial support that can help ease the burden of costly vet bills.

You can read more about how pet insurance works here.

The more knowledge you have, the better prepared you’ll be to become a responsible pet owner.