September 10th
5 Tips for Responsible Dog Ownership Month

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month and whether you’re a seasoned dog owner or a new dog owner, it never hurts to doublecheck that you’re doing everything you can to ensure your dog is happy, healthy and safe. Here are five tips for responsible dog ownership.

Spay or Neuter Your Dog

Make sure you spay or neuter your dog as soon as your vet recommends it. There are tons of benefits to spaying or neutering your pet! Spaying or neutering reduces or removes the risk of disease, infection and cancer of the pet’s reproductive system, and eliminates female heat cycles and associated behaviours. Spaying or neutering also reduces or resolves hormone related aggression issues, and male dogs may urine mark less frequently on walks. Plus, it also helps reduce the pet population by eliminating unwanted litters, and in turn, reduces the burden of homeless animals on the community and animal shelters.

Stay Up to Date on Vaccinations and Preventatives

Make sure your pup is up to date on their vaccinations and preventatives. Vaccines and preventatives will protect your dog from various diseases that they can get from the environment, as well as from other dogs. Talk to your veterinarian to find out which vaccines and preventatives your pup needs.

Microchip your Dog

Make sure your dog is microchipped. Microchipping your pup and keeping the information up to date is so important. If your dog ever gets lost, a microchip will help you to be reunited with your canine family member. For more information about our microchipping services, visit our website.

License Your Dog

Make sure your dog is properly registered with your municipality. Typically, dog licenses have to be renewed annually. Be sure to attach the license to your dog’s collar. A license can also help reunite you with your dog if they ever become lost. For more information about dog licenses, visit our website.

Give Your Dog Enrichment

Lastly, make sure you give your dog both physical and mental enrichment. 30 minutes to two hours of exercise each day is incredibly important, but mental stimulation is also essential. In addition to walks and running around at the dog park, make sure to train your dog and give them mentally stimulating toys like KONGs and other puzzle feeders.