Owning a pet is a rewarding experience that brings great joy, as well as health and wellbeing benefits to many people. In return pet owners must be prepared for the long-term commitments and responsibilities that caring for a pet brings.
Decision to own a pet should only be undertaken with careful thought and consideration. A prospective owner must be fully aware and prepared for the financial, emotional and time commitments required to care for their cat or dog. It is important that owners seek the right information to ensure they understand the commitments and legal requirements of pet ownership, and should select a cat or dog from a reputable source, that is a good fit with their lifestyle. This increases the likelihood that a pet will stay with their family for their entire life.
Nutrition is the foundation of health and wellbeing for cats and dogs. An owner should take responsibility for providing a complete diet that delivers the right balance of essential nutrients at the appropriate calorie density to enhance cat and dog health and wellbeing. It is also vital to provide continuous access to clean water. Preventive healthcare is a very important part of ensuring pet health. An owner also has responsibility for delivery of a preventive health program, developed in partnership with their veterinarian.
It is owners' duty to train and socialize their pets, so that they behave appropriately around other humans or other animals. Pet owners should assume the responsibility for their pets, including pet owners’ duty to clean up after their dogs in public places. Dog waste should be immediately picked up and it should be taken away for safe and proper disposal in a suitable bin.