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Responsible Dog Ownership

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month! Dogs are wonderful pets, who are amazingly loving and loyal. However, it can be easy for even the most loving pet owners to overlook their furry friends’ care needs. Read on as a Jacksonville, FL vet lists some key facets of responsible dog ownership.

Training

Training is crucial, both for safety reasons and simple doggy manners. Make sure Fido knows—and obeys—basic commands like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down.

Veterinary Care

Keeping up with your canine pal’s veterinary care needs is very important! We recommend that all dogs be fixed and microchipped, and kept current on their exams, vaccines, and parasite control. You’ll also want to bring your furry pal in if you notice any signs of illness.

Leashes/Fences

Always keep your dog on a leash whenever you take him off your property. Even the best trained pups can run off if something spooks them! This is also safer for both Fido and other pets and people.

Toys/Entertainment

Man’s Best Friend is very intelligent, and can get quite frustrated and unhappy with nothing to do but stare at the walls. Keep Fido’s toybox full, and take time to play with him every day.

Activity

Physical activity is just as important for dogs as it is for people! Every pup is a bit different in this area, but most pooches need at least a daily walk. Don’t think of this as a chore: enjoy this time with your canine buddy.

Grooming

Baths may not be Fido’s favorite things ever, but it is important to keep his fur clean. Dental care and nail trims are also crucial.

Cleaning

When walking Fido, be sure to pick up after him. That’s definitely part of being a responsible dog owner!

Comfort

Many things fall under this umbrella, including beds and climate control. Make sure Fido is living his best life by paying attention to these details.

Love

Last but not least, make sure that Fido feels loved. Spend time with him every day! Dogs have a way of forming very strong and special bonds with their humans, but that friendship has to be nurtured.

Bonus: Treats

Treats aren’t an absolute must, but they definitely will keep that tail going. Just don’t go overboard!

Please contact us, your Jacksonville, FL vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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