Responsible Dog Ownership Month
September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month.
Among companion animals, dogs are unmatched in their devotion, loyalty and friendship to humankind. Anyone who has ever loved a dog can attest to its hundred-fold return. The excitement your dog shows when you come home, the wagging tail at the sound of the leash being taken from its hook, the delight in the tossing of a tennis ball, and the head nestled in your lap-those are only some of the rewards of being a dog owner.
Owning a dog is not just a privilege – it’s a responsibility! These animals depend on us for, at minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you are considering taking a dog into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that dog ownership entails. If you already have a dog, you need to consider if you are fulfilling all your obligations as its owner.
Responsible ownership includes:
- Committing to the relationship for the life of the pet(s).
- Avoiding impulsive decisions about obtaining pet(s), and carefully selecting pet(s) suited to your home and lifestyle.
- Recognizing that ownership of pet(s) requires an investment of time and money.
- Keeping only the type and number of pets for which an appropriate and safe environment can be provided, including appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
- Ensuring pets are properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and that registration information in associated databases is kept up-to-date
- Adherence to local ordinances, including licensing and leash requirements.
- Controlling pet(s)’ reproduction through managed breeding, containment, or spay/neuter thereby helping to address animal control and overpopulation problems.
- Establishing and maintaining a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
- Providing preventive (e.g., vaccinations, parasite control) and therapeutic health care for the life of pet(s) in consultation with, and as recommended by, its veterinarian.
- Socialization and appropriate training for pet(s), which facilitates their well-being and the well-being of other animals and people.
- Preventing pet(s) from negatively impacting other people, animals and the environment, including proper waste disposal, noise control, and not allowing pet(s) to stray or become feral.
- Providing exercise and mental stimulation appropriate to the pet(s)’ age, breed, and health status.
- Advance preparation to ensure the pet(s)’ well-being in the case of an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.
- Making alternative arrangements if caring for the pet is no longer possible.
- Recognizing declines in the pet(s)’ quality of life and making decisions in consultation with a veterinarian regarding appropriate end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).
Columbus VetCare is committed to helping dog owners raise happy, healthy dogs. We are easily accessible via phone, email, website, and even text to answer any pet related questions you may have at anytime!
PET MEMORIAL DAY
Each year on the second Sunday in September, people join together in observing National Pet Memorial Day. On this day, pet owners honor their pets, both past and present and think about and share with others the important role that their beloved pets have played, and do play, in their lives. Please share your pet pictures and stories with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/columbusvetcare!
September Special Offers
September 18th – 24th is Deaf Dog Awareness Week
Deaf Dog Awareness Week is dedicated to sharing tips, information, and stories that celebrate deaf dogs with loving families and great homes, but most importantly focuses on bringing awareness to the number of deaf dogs up for adoption in shelters across the nation. The love, trust, and loyalty a deaf dog can have for their family is unrelated to the fact they can’t hear – and the love, trust, and loyalty we can have for a deaf dog should also be completely unrelated to their deafness.
Looking for a new dog? Don’t overlook the deaf dogs in the shelters – Deaf dogs are far more likely to be overlooked in shelters because they are considered to be special needs. Although they may require a little more patience at first, deaf dogs are very loyal to their families because they rely heavily on them for non-verbal communication and cues. Dogs can even learn sign language!
The entire month of September, Columbus VetCare will be providing free physical exams to all our deaf patients. If you are just adopting one this month, we will even waive our in-home service fee! 🙂
WORLD RABIES DAY – September 28th
Rabies remains a major concern worldwide, killing more than 55,000 people every year. In the United States, one to two people die annually, and there were more than 6,000 reported cases of animal rabies in the U.S. in 2014.
World Rabies Day aims to raise awareness about the public health impact of human and animal rabies.
What can YOU do? Vaccinate your animals and keep them away from wildlife that can spread the disease. Rabies is 100% preventable. Your local veterinarian plays a key role in controlling rabies. Let this serve as your reminder to call your vet today, and schedule your pet for their vaccinations!
Is pet insurance right for you?
As veterinary medicine becomes more technologically advanced, the cost of care increases
because of the higher costs associated with the equipment, facilities and training required
to provide these higher-quality services. For some, the cost of care can cause some anxiety. Pet insurance can help by offsetting some or most of the costs of diagnosing, treating and managing your pet’s illness or injury.
But pet insurance isn’t for everyone, and there’s no magic formula that will tell you if it’s right for you and your pet. If you’re considering pet insurance, talk to your veterinarian and do some research on your options. Here are some basic considerations:
- The insurance provider should clearly spell out to you the details, including the
limitations and exclusions, of coverage for routine and/or wellness care as well as emergency treatments and conditions that require extensive care. Find out how your premiums will be increased as your pet ages or if you make any claims.
- See if they have add-on options to provide any specific coverage (e.g., dental care, travel insurance, etc.) you may want.
- Find out how they define and handle pre-existing conditions (diseases or conditions your pet already has – or has had – prior to purchasing the insurance plan).
- In some cases, insurance providers will not insure a specific pet or breed of pet, or may limit the number of pets you can insure, if they consider them “high risk.”
- Some providers will give multiple pet discounts.
- All of the charges, including co-pays, deductibles, add-on charges and other fees, should be clearly explained to you so you fully understand the policy and its limitations.
- You should be allowed to choose the veterinarian who will provide veterinary care for your pet.
- Pet insurance plans are generally reimbursement plans – you pay the bills up front and are reimbursed by the insurance provider. Ask the insurance provider how claims are processed as well as the timeframe for reimbursement of your expenses so you know what to expect. If you’re concerned about covering the expenses up front, ask your veterinarian about payment options that will work for you in case you need to make arrangements. (It’s best to find out your options ahead of time so you don’t have the added stress of trying to make payment arrangements on an emergency basis.)
Your veterinarian may be able to provide you with a recommended pet insurance company based on their experience, but it’s ultimately your decision whether or not to purchase pet insurance (and what coverage and from what company you purchase). The most common pet insurance companies are Nationwide, VPI, ASPCA, TruPanion.
If insurance doesn’t seem right for you, consider a health savings account for your pets. Put a little money back out of each paycheck, or whenever you have a little extra, that can be saved for veterinary emergency situations or for yearly preventative examinations!
…DON’T FORGET TO GIVE YOUR DOG and CAT THEIR MONTHLY HEARTWORM PREVENTION!
Not currently administering monthly prevention? Call your vet today and schedule your appointment to have your pet tested so that you may safely begin a preventative.
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