10 Golden Rules of Responsible Pet Ownership


If you’ve read the book “Marley & Me”, you’d remember why the newlyweds adopted the incorrigible labrador retriever puppy. They wanted to know if they were ready to raise a family. Such is the seriousness of pet ownership.

Here at Pedigree, we are committed to improving the lives of pets because we believe that pets bring tremendous benefits to people and communities. Apart from providing quality products for pets, we are also advocates of responsible pet ownership.

Being a responsible pet owner means more than just providing adequate water, food and shelter. It demands commitment, sacrifice and above all, it’s a huge responsibility. So how do you become a responsible pet owner?

Here are 10 Golden Rules of Responsible Pet Ownership:

While it’s important to show care and affection, you must also invest time and effort to train your dog, understand its temperaments and build that trust between you and your dog.

As your dog is very much dependent on you, it’s important as a responsible owner to provide a complete and balanced diet. Obesity can be as deadly as malnutrition. Also make sure your dog gets fresh water at all times.

Take your dog to a vet for its annual vaccinations and check-ups. And because what your dog can’t say in words it’ll demonstrate through physical symptoms and behavioral changes, it’s advisable to take your dog to a vet the moment you notice any changes in your dog.

Everyone likes to play with a clean dog. But keeping your dog clean also prevents it from developing chronic skin diseases such as mange, yeast infection and so on. Above all, regular grooming helps promote the overall health and vitality of your dog.

Get a license for your dog. Consider also putting on a Pet ID on your dog so that you’re contactable the moment someone stumbles upon your missing dog otherwise your dog may just end up in the pound.

Dogs need exercise too. Depending on the breed, your dog needs an average of 30 minutes of exercise a day. Take it out for walks or play catch with it. These are great ideas to keep your dog happy and healthy.

Understand and obey the local leash laws. The last thing you want is to have your dog ended up in a dog pound.

Nobody likes stepping on a poop. So be considerate and pick up after your dog especially in public areas. Be a pooper scooper.

Dogs are active and sociable pets. They need space to run, play and regular contact with humans. Keeping them in cages will only agitate them or worst still, make them slip into depression. Train them well and you do not need to cage them.

Whether you’ve recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your dog. Besides providing major health benefits to your dog, spaying or neutering also helps fight pet overpopulation.




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