Who’s Responsibility Is It?

Pets are important and valued companion animals that have earned themselves a warm place within our hearts and families. In exchange for unconditional love, they depend on us for much more than the basics of food, water, and shelter. The month of February is loaded with pet care spotlights including Responsible Pet Owner Month and National Pet Dental Health Month, and is a great time for us to reflect upon our duty as pet owners/animal guardians.

It’s also a time to acknowledge perhaps THE most important aspect of responsible pet care... Spay/Neuter Awareness. Arguably the only thing MORE important than ensuring you've spayed/neutered your pet is feeding them. And, you wouldn't forget to feed your dog or cat, would you? We didn’t think so. The statistics on the homeless and over pet population resulting in mass euthanasia of defenseless animals in our communities is staggering. World Spay Day (Feb 28) is an annual campaign of Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets, street dogs and feral cats -- not just for one day, or one month, but all-year long. Get the Facts. Be informed and be an advocate for spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership in your community. Do you know the Top 3 Reasons to Spay & Neuter?

Another important task we have as a responsible pet caregiver is establishing a regular dental routine. Just like humans, pets need dental care too! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), prevention and early detection is the key to avoiding gum disease and other serious health risks associated with poor dental hygiene. From regular weekly brushing to annual cleanings and checkups, it's time to brush-up on your awareness during Pet Dental Health Month-- ask our Pet Experts for more info on easy-to-use dental products for dog and cat, try adding raw, meaty bones to your pet's diet in between meals, and book an appointment to see our pet dental hygienist for an anesthesia-free cleaning.