6 Important Points of Responsible Dog Ownership

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month! While we think it’s great that so many of our canine buddies are definitely very loved and spoiled, being a responsible pet owner goes far beyond offering Fido bacon strips and belly rubs. Here, an Aurora, CO vet discusses some key aspects of responsible dog ownership.


While you don’t absolutely have to teach your furry buddy to Shake, we strongly recommend training Fido to obey basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This isn’t just about petiquette: training is also crucial for safety reasons.

Veterinary Care

Although Fido would probably rather visit the doggy park than us, regular veterinary appointments are definitely in your pup’s best interests. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. In between visits, watch for signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Proper Diet

Given the choice, Fido would most likely be delighted to wolf down bowls of bacon, burgers, and cheese every day. However, your pet will be much healthier on a suitable, nutritious diet. Follow your vet’s recommendations, including serving sizes, suitable treats, and supplements.

Activity and Stimulation

Fido needs both physical activity and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. While your dog’s exact exercise needs will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health, most of our canine pals need regular walks, as well as daily playtime. It’s also important to make sure your four-legged friend has plenty of toys to amuse himself with while you are at work.


Your furry friend’s grooming needs will depend on his coat type and length. Some dogs need daily brushing, while others only require an occasional bath. Make sure to keep Fido looking nice and clean! Nail trims and doggy dental care are also very important.


Never underestimate Fido’s ability to get into trouble! Make your home safe for your canine friend by doing some basic doggyproofing. Remove or secure potentially dangerous items, such as toxic plants; chemicals; plastic bags and wraps; and small or sharp objects. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure, so your pup can’t slip out. Ask your vet for more safety tips.

Do you need to make an appointment for your dog? Contact us, your local Aurora, CO pet hospital, anytime! We are happy to help!

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