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Being A Responsible Dog Owner

September 21st is Responsible Dog Owners Day! What does it take to be a good dog owner? Providing Fido with food, fresh water, and shelter will cover his most essential needs. However, being a great—and responsible—pet parent requires quite a bit more than that. Here, a Washington DC vet discusses some key facets of responsible dog ownership.

Good Food

Proper nutrition is extremely important! If it were up to Fido, he would be happily eating burgers, sausages, and bacon every day. Make sure your pooch is eating good, high-quality pet food. Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard.

Entertainment

Dogs are both smart and playful. Fido will become anxious and uneasy without enrichment and stimulation! Offer your furry bff plenty of toys, and play with him every day.

Training

Training is very important for both safety reasons and simple petiquette. Teach Fido basic commands, like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down.

Be Clean

Always take waste baggies along when you walk Fido. Don’t leave a mess in someone’s yard!

ID

One of the best things you can do for Fido is get him microchipped. You’ll also need to keep the records updated in the manufacturer’s database. Of course, even with a microchip, your pooch will still need ID tags. These things could save your canine friend’s life!

Exercise

Make sure that Fido is getting the right amount and type of exercise. Every pup is different, so ask your vet for specific advice. You’ll also want to do some research into your canine pal’s breed. That said, most dogs need at least a daily walk.

Veterinary Care

Just like people, pets are always healthier—and therefore happier—with proper veterinary care. We recommend that all dogs be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Keeping up with wellness care, such as vaccinations, exams, and parasite control, is also crucial.

Grooming

Fido isn’t especially fond of baths, but he does enjoy feeling soft and clean. In addition to brushing and bathing your four-legged friend regularly, you’ll need to provide dental care and keep his claws clipped.

Love

Dogs are very loyal and emotional, and they really need to feel loved to thrive. Pay lots of attention to Fido, and spend time with him every day.

Do you have questions or concerns about Fido’s health or care? Contact us, your local Washington DC vet clinic, today!

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