Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vet care, exercise part of being a responsible pet owner

Clarion Ledger by

Dr. Mark Russak

We all know what it takes to be a responsible pet owner, right? Food, water, shelter and plenty of love would head most peoples' lists. But wait, there's more: Vaccinations and preventive care, identity tags and microchips, treatment for chronic conditions, behavior training, exercise, grooming and on and on.

Taking good care of your pet is a lot like taking good care of yourself. To maintain good health and a high quality of life, you need to know the smart moves and commit to doing them every day. Responsible Dog Ownership Month, celebrated throughout September, is an opportunity to celebrate your pet and check your care routines against your veterinarian's recommendations.