We have a new title for you: Guardian.
Since May is Responsible Guardian Month, we would like to encourage you to think of yourself as your furry friend’s guardian and not just simply their owner.
You are the person who is responsible for them. Your furry friend looks to you for protection, care, love, and their overall well-being.
Take pet ownership to a whole new level by changing your perspective to guardian mode.
To be a better and responsible guardian, here are some things you can do to care for your special friend:
Make Sure They Are Microchipped
Guardians protect. They do whatever it takes to keep those they love safe.
Microchipping your pet is like having a safe haven for them.
If they are ever lost, the chip makes it easier for you to find them again. Thus, you are protecting your pet.
Keep Them Healthy
What does your pet eat?
You should worry just as much about what your pet eats as you worry about what you eat.
As a guardian, it is your job to keep your pet healthy in terms of their diet, making sure they get the right exercise, keeping up with their vet appointments/vaccinations, and maintaining their hygiene/cleanliness.
Are you keeping your pet stimulated? Did they get enough fresh water today?
Your pet has needs too. Make sure their health and overall well-being is a daily top priority.
Give Them Love
A little bit of love goes a long way. Do not be afraid to show your pet how much you love them.
Show your furry friend that you care because they need that sense of love just as much as you do.
As a guardian, your pet is counting on you to be responsible.
Along with everything mentioned above, these are some of the tasks that responsible guardians do on a regular basis:
- Keeping a close eye out for your pet (knowing where they are at most times)
- Watching them so much that you just know when they are not feeling well or acting like themselves
- Keeping up with their meals (making sure they eat enough and eat right)
- Keeping up with their vet appointments and not neglecting their vaccinations when needed
- Fulfilling all their basic needs (food, love, exercise, stimulation/play, emotional, physical, mental etc.)
- Treating your pet with love and kindness always
- Respecting their boundaries and need for personal space
- Not giving up on them when the going gets tough
- Train together to build a better relationship and understanding between the two of you
- Always consult a veterinarian for questions you have regarding their health and safety
- Keeping their living space clean
- Giving them a sense of belonging like they are a member of your family and not just a pet
- Be responsible! Take care of them
You are not just an owner. You are a guardian. You have been given a special responsibility.
Do not let your furry friend down. They are counting on you! Be the guardian we know you can be.