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What It Means To Be A Responsible Pet Owner

The month of February is known for many things including Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and the shortest month of the year. But, did you know that February is also celebrated as being Responsible Pet Owners Month? That’s right! A whole month dedicated to honoring all of the responsible pet owners in the world (including you). But, what exactly is Responsible Pet Owners Month? Keep reading to learn more. 

What The Holiday Is All About

As the name implies, this holiday is all about recognizing and acknowledging what it means to be a responsible pet owner. It’s hard to imagine, but there are pet owners out there that are simply irresponsible when it comes to caring for and looking after their pets. Whether it be negligence, lack of caring, or simply being uneducated about pet care, many pet owners fall short in their duties and responsibilities to properly care for their pets. That is precisely why this month-long holiday exists. By exemplifying how people should care for their pets, we are setting the standard for all pet owners and their pet care responsibilities. While the exact origin and founders of this holiday is uncertain, it’s safe to say that many different animal rights organizations have contributed to its creation and continue to do so today. The A.S.P.C.A. (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the American Kennel Club, and the American Veterinary Medical Association all support and promote this wonderful pet holiday to help remind people what it means to be a responsible pet owner. 

The Purpose

Owning a pet is a privilege and the responsibility of caring for them should not be taken lightly.This month-long holiday challenges you (a fellow pet owner) to really take a closer look as to how you meet your furry friends’ needs. For example, what quality of food do you give your pet and do you give them the proper portions? To learn more about what types of food are best for your dog, check out our previous post entitled How To Choose A Dog Food. Another question to ask yourself is “Does my pet get enough exercise?” Most pets (especially dogs) need daily exercise to stay healthy and avoid becoming overweight which can lead to health problems. If you’re struggling to get enough exercise with your dog this winter, check out Ways To Exercise With Your Dog When It’s Too Cold Outside. And lastly, the most important question any pet owner should ask themselves is “Do I take my pet to the veterinarian at least once a year for a check-up?” Like humans, it’s important for your pet to visit their doctor at least once a year even if they’re not showing signs of being sick. As responsible pet owners, it’s important to ask ourselves these questions and to be honest about our answers for our pets’ sake. 

How You Can Promote Responsible Pet Ownership

The best way you can promote and be a part of this wonderful month-long pet holiday is to be a responsible pet owner. Raise the bar and set an example to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers of what it means to be a responsible pet owner. This doesn’t mean you have to brag about all the great things you do for your pets, but don’t be afraid to boast a little about how much you love your pets and how you express that love. It only takes one person to set the standard for good pet ownership habits such as proper grooming, a quality diet, daily exercise, regular veterinarian check-ups, safe toys, and lots of love and attention. It only takes one person to make a difference and that person could be you! Show the world how much you (a responsible pet owner) loves their pets through social media, word-of-mouth, and by sharing this blog with your fellow pet lovers. By way of example, the more you love and care for your pets the more others will love and care for their own pets and so the cycle continues. 

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