Animals can be expensive, and for good reason.
We know this because we spent so much time with our pets.
But how do you avoid animal abuse, neglect, and euthanasia when they’re in your care?
We spoke to veterinarian, owner, and animal welfare advocate Robert Ritchie about the importance of animal welfare and the importance to get your vet the most up-to-date information.
“It’s hard to say how many dogs and cats in your household are euthanized every year because of neglect,” Ritchie told us.
“But that’s a lot.
And you have to remember that there’s an increased chance that your pet will end up in your lap when they don’t want to be.
The vet is going to be very happy to do everything in their power to save that animal from harm, but it’s also a very personal decision.”
Ritchie recommends getting a certified dog and cat behaviorist certified so that they can perform animal welfare audits to ensure that your dog and/or cat is doing everything it should be doing, including obeying your orders.
It’s also worth taking your dog or cat to the veterinarian and seeing what they recommend for the pet, so you can discuss it with the vet yourself.
It can be extremely helpful to get an animal behaviorist who has worked in a shelter or rescue to help you decide what to do with your pet.
“A vet can make sure that your animal is in the best possible condition for them to live their lives,” Riggins said.
“If they have a crate or something, you want to keep it in a crate because if you don’t, it can be very dangerous.
You can also make sure your animal doesn’t get in a lot of trouble.
There are many other things that can be done to make sure you’re getting a good life for your pet, including getting them in good socialization, having regular exercise, and keeping your pet on a regular schedule.”
“It can be difficult to know if an animal you’ve adopted has been abused or neglected,” Ritchys added.
“However, it’s important to ask your veterinarian if you can do everything possible to prevent that from happening.”
We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things you should do when considering adoption and adopting a dog or cats: 1.
Determine if you need to get a puppy or cat.
If you’re considering an adoption, consider whether you need a puppy.
“I think that the best way to decide is to ask the vet,” Riley said.
It may be a question you have already asked yourself, but if you’re not sure, ask it again.
“What’s the age of your dog?” you may ask.
The answer is that the older the better, Ritchie said.
The more you know about your pet and their health, the better you’ll make your decision.
Consider adopting a puppy, cat, or dog from a shelter.
Ritchie suggests choosing a rescue, which can be especially helpful if you have a pet who has been neglected or abused.
“An animal shelter is a good place to start if you want a dog, cat or dog, but I also think that it’s good to consider getting a puppy from a rescue,” he said.
Most rescue groups are dog-friendly, and there are many ways to adopt a dog that doesn’t require an expensive vet appointment.
“There are shelters that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they don,t charge for adoption,” Rittys said.
Shelter adoptions are especially important because of the number of animals they have, and the need to help people find homes.
Determinate what kind of a home you’re looking for.
“Most people have dogs or cats they’ve been in the shelter or animal control, but some people are looking for a place where they can get some distance from them,” Rinson said.
This is especially important if you’ve got a young pet, because they can quickly become bored with you.
“You need to find a home that is suitable for both of you, so your dog needs to be well-behaved and you need your cat to be happy,” Riotti said.
If a shelter doesn’t have a shelter, the best thing you can consider is getting a dog from another shelter.
“Even though there are shelters out there, you should go to a rescue if you really need a dog,” Rickey said.
While some shelters may offer adoptions, Ritties recommended finding a shelter that has an active dog and dog behaviorist on staff, and that the shelter is pet-friendly.
“Pets need to be pet-free, and if you find a shelter where they aren’t pet-fenced, then that is great,” Ritteri said, “but you want them to be safe.”
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