The modern world and its various and ever-increasing pressures, especially those emanating from the internet and social media, have the detrimental effect of making people question whether they are ‘good enough’ and whether they are ‘doing enough’.
Owning a pet, or in most cases more accurately allowing your pet to own you, is an honor, a privilege, and a pleasure. To check and hopefully reassure yourself that you are both a compassionate and responsible pet owner, continue reading for four ways to know.
1. Never Leave Your Pet Alone All Day
Whether you have a parakeet, a pair of rabbits, a dog, a cat, or even a reptile, when bringing your pet into your home and welcoming them into your family, it is wholly your responsibility to ensure they never suffer from feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Even if you have, depending on the species of your pet, ensured that they have the companionship of their own kind, it is still crucial to spend as much time as possible bonding and communicating with your animal to ensure they are not only physically healthy but emotionally healthy as well.
2. Select Your Veterinary Practice Carefully
One of the most important and frankly downright mandatory things to do as soon as you have planned for your new pet to be brought back to your home is to ensure that you register them with a local veterinary practice.
What is more, naturally, different species of animals have entirely different wants, needs, and desires, and as a result, you should spend time researching and carefully selecting which practice can best take care of your animal. Reputable and renowned veterinary clinics, such as vets in Cumming GA, will ensure that when you make an appointment for your beloved animal, the most experienced vet with that particular species will be looking after them.
3. Pet Proof the Entirety of Your Home
Not only will ensuring the entirety of your interior living spaces, and, where applicable, your outside area and backyard as well, are entirely pet proofed will protect your pet from coming to entirely preventable harm, it will also ensure that your property is kept safe and in good condition.
One of the most frustrating regular occurrences for rabbit owners, for example, is the volume of electronic chargers they are required to buy due to rabbits seeing the bright white or black wires as simply another brand of hay and, therefore, theirs to chew.
It is your responsibility to ensure that all cleaning products, chemicals, toiletries, and basically any other liquid that is not fresh and clean water are entirely out of reach, as well as place fireguards across any fireplaces in your home and install baby gates at the top and bottom of your stairs.
Additionally, you must also, for both the health and safety of your pet and to protect your home from descending into chaos and destruction, regularly clean out all areas that your pet spends a lot of time in, from bird cages to cat and rabbit litter trays.
4. Train Your Pet
Naturally, depending entirely on the species of your pet, training becomes relatively less or more important.
With dogs, it is absolutely crucial to train them as soon as possible to respond to their name and to sit and calm down, especially with larger breeds, both for their own safety and the safety of yourself and other members of your family. With cats and rabbits, litter training is an absolute must, if only for your own sanity, and parakeets should know when it is time to return to the safety of their cage when needed.