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Responsibility Of Pet & Livestock Ownership

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So you’ve decided to own a pet or livestock to keep you company just because you love animals. That is great news because you’ve given this animal a new shelter, better quality of life, and you’ve thought about everything already…right?  Hopefully, you’ve even done some research or spoke with other animal owners about the responsibilities and commitment it takes to own a pet. But in case you don’t have enough information yet, here are a few things to think about…

Have you already thought of the type and number of pets for which you want to provide for, better yet for which you CAN provide for? This is an important question to ask yourself because you need to make sure that you can provide appropriate food, water, shelter, companionship, health care, and many other things. You also will need to train & socialize your pet properly to have happy and positive interactions with strangers that will come along and want to pet or admire them.

Now that you know the type and how many pets you will provide for, you probably already know that you are going to have to make an investment in time and money; and commit to the relationship for the life of your pet(s). Have you thought about preventative health care such as vaccinations, parasite control, etc. as well as care for any illnesses or injuries your pet or livestock may incur? You should also set aside an emergency budget for potential emergencies, kind of like what you’re supposed to do for yourself by having a 3-6 months rent reserve. You should also spend time with your animal(s) to learn more about their personalities, tendencies, and needs; this way you can handle them and care for them most appropriately and know what’s normal for them and what’s not. Make sure to also look for and recognize any sign of decline in your animal’s quality of life, and make timely & decisive decisions in consultation with a professional veterinarian. Be also prepared in case of natural disasters and make sure to have everything you need for your animal’s well being including an evacuation kit.

Other important things to consider are the quality of life for your pet(s), so make sure to provide them with appropriate exercise, mental stimulation, and be there when they need you most. If your animal has a problem, illness, or injury of some kind then you should drop everything that you’re doing and take care of it right away. Make sure that your animal(s) are properly identified with a tag, microchip, etc., keep their registration up to date, and comply with all local ordinances, such as licensing, leash requirement, noise control, etc. Always clean up after your pet and don’t allow it to stray or become feral. You should care for your pets and livestock the same way you would for a human baby… give them love, comfort, protection, positivity, food, care, and your attention!