Responsible Pet Owners Month

Did you know that February is Responsible Pet Owners Month? This is a great time for us to look at some crucial aspects of your beloved pet’s care regimen. Here, a Lakeville, MN vet discusses some key points of responsible pet ownership.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is one of the most important aspects of responsible pet care. We strongly recommend that all dogs and cats be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept up to date on all recommended vaccinations. It’s also important to have your pet thoroughly examined at least once a year. At home, keep up with your furry pal’s dental care and parasite control products, and watch for any signs of illness. Ask your vet for more information.


Exercise is just as important for pets as it is for people. If you have a dog, ask your vet for recommendations about your canine companion’s activity needs, as Fido’s exercise requirements will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health. If you have a cat, keep Fluffy active by offering her lots of fun toys and playing with her regularly.


This one mostly applies to Fido, of course. Make sure your pooch knows—and obeys—basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come. As for Fluffy, well, she may very well end up training you to be cat furniture, or to feed her or pet her on demand.


Fun playthings encourage your pet to stay active, provide entertainment while you are away, and also offer beneficial mental stimulation. Give your furkid lots of safe, suitable toys.


Our animal companions all have different grooming needs. Some dogs and cats require daily brushing, while others only need occasional help. It’s also important to keep Fido’s nails trimmed. Ask your vet for more information.


A good diet is crucial to your furry friend’s health! Choosing the right pet food can be tricky, so don’t be afraid to ask your vet for recommendations.


Pets are naturally playful and curious, and don’t always know what is and isn’t safe for them. Do some basic petproofing, and remove toxic plants; chemicals; plastic bags and ties; small items; sharp objects, and other potentially-dangerous items. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Is your pet due for an exam, vaccines, or parasite control products? Contact us! As your Lakeville, MN pet hospital, we’re here to help!