Overview of What We Mean by Responsible Ownership

Caring for a cat or dog is an act of love that will bring you a lot of joy. It is also a privilege that comes with a certain set of responsibilities that should be taken seriously. Only then, is it possible to create a mutually beneficial relationship between humans and animals.

We started the “Companion Animal for Life” project in order to promote responsible pet ownership and to improve the way we treat our most devoted companions.

We are often asked what we actually mean by responsible ownership, so we created a shortlist to explain what it means.

Overview of what we mean by responsible ownership

 

Responsible ownership means…

– Feeding your pet high quality, nutritious food, to make sure they always receive a balanced meal

– Selecting a companion animal that suits your living situation and lifestyle by avoiding impulse decisions

– Committing to a loving relationship with your companion animal for their entire life

– Providing preventive health care in consultation with your veterinarian

– Ensuring all cats and dogs are properly identified (microchips, etc.) and registered and that their registration details are kept up-to-date

– Helping to manage overpopulation by controlling your animal’s reproduction activity, through managed breeding, containment, or spaying/neutering

– Arranging adequate animal health insurance for coverage should unexpected accidents or illnesses occur

– Being aware of the costs and time commitment that comes with pet ownership before deciding to get a pet

– Limiting the number of animal companions to that of which you can easily provide an appropriate and safe environment for: this includes food, water, shelter, health care, and companionship

– Adhering to local regulations, including licensing and leash requirements

– Providing provisions to minimize distress or discomfort to the animal, and assuring access to appropriate food, water, and shelter from extreme weather conditions for animals that require an outside habitat

– Ensuring your pet is socialized and appropriately trained to increase its general well-being, as well as protecting the well-being of other animals and people

– Preventing a negative impact on other people, other animals, and the environment. This includes proper waste disposal, noise control, and not allowing animals to stray or become feral

– Providing exercise and mental stimulation that’s appropriate for your animal’s age, breed, and health

– Making arrangements for the eventuality you can no longer care for them

– Recognizing any changes in your animal’s health or quality of life and making the appropriate decisions in consultation with your veterinarian (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).

 

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