Pets are a wonderful way to add to your family. They give us unconditional love and companionship, and in return, we commit to caring for their health and well-being. This is a serious commitment that takes your time and resources, and because of this, not everyone should own a pet. Keep reading to learn the elements of responsible pet ownership.

Care For Its Entire Lifetime

Committing to your pets includes being able to care for them during their entire lifetime. While the lifespans of cats and dogs can be around 15 years, some pets live much longer lives. Turtles, for example, can live up to 100 years old and some parrots can live for 50 years. While no one can predict the future, once you take ownership of a pet, you should commit to caring for it until death do you part.

Accommodate Its Lifestyle

Every animal has different needs. Some pets need daily walks or a safe backyard to run and play. Some pets are energetic and need consistent mental and/or physical stimulation. If your home doesn’t have a fenced-in backyard — or you’re not willing to get one, or if you work long hours or travel extensively, being a pet owner isn’t a good fit for you right now.

Consider The Costs

Large dogs cost more to feed, in general, than small cats. Some breeds need more grooming than others. And while all animals need preventative care, including vaccinations, dental cleaning and check-ups, additional costs incurred from illness or injury, as well as emergencies, will arise. In addition, microchipping your pets is key. The cost isn’t substantial, and it will significantly raise the chances of your pet being returned if it gets loose accidentally. If you cannot be financially prepared for these needs, being a pet owner isn’t a good fit for you right now.

Other Considerations

Once you commit to a pet, making sure you obey local laws is also key. Not only does this include leash laws and picking up waste during walks, but it also includes licensing and noise control. You’ll also need to make a disaster plan for your pet. Pets are a lot of work, but they do bring infinite amounts of joy.

Remembering these tips will help keep your family’s pets safe and happy, which has been PetWow’s goal since we opened in 1998. To schedule your appointment or to ask questions, please call us at 513-738-9691 or email us at For more pet care tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn!

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