Choosing to have a pet in your life is a lifelong commitment. Most pets are wholly dependent on their owners for their quality of life. It is important to ensure you can properly care for your pet and understand your pet’s needs.
Animals don’t just need food and water, they need appropriate shelter and living space, regular vet check-ups and preventative vet care to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Just as importantly, your pet needs you: your time, love and attention. Many pets need mental stimulation and regular exercise to prevent them from becoming bored or overweight.
You’ll also discover helpful information on topics that pertain to your pet’s health, including vaccinations, the importance of spaying/neutering and what to do if your pet shows signs of illness.
And because caring for your pet throughout his life may include making the decision to relieve him of pain and suffering at the end of his life, you’ll find information about euthanasia — when and how to make the decision, facts about the procedure itself and suggestions for dealing with the loss of a pet and the grief that accompanies that loss.