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Pet Ownership Responsibilities

Jul 1, 2008
There are certain responsibilities that every person will assume when they consider owning a pet. Pets require the same amount of love and tenderness that a person would bestow upon a newborn child. Pets need attention and interaction with the people inside the home, and an animal needs to be exercised on a regular basis in order to help keep weight gain from occurring and to help the animal feel more like socializing with others in the home.

Pets ownership responsibilities do not end there. Many pet owners are quick to select a pet from a pet store and even quicker to select a certain pet food. The quickness is usually founded on cost issues because owning a pet is a major responsibility that will incur costs of many kinds. Pets will need to visit the veterinarian as early as possible after entering the family because pets need to be checked for rabies and any other diseases that they might carry that would affect the health of everyone at home if left unchecked.

Some pet owners do not take pet ownership responsibilities very seriously and rely on the rule of supplying food, shelter, and water as the minimum daily requirements that a pet will need once they enter the home. For the pet to be happy, other needs must be met on a regular basis or the animal could begin exhibiting some odd behaviors that could be compared to temper tantrums that a child would do when they were unhappy about something happening in their life. People that believe pets do not have souls should not become pet owners.

Pet owners have the responsibility to report unsafe and inhumane treatment that is garnered toward other animals they come in contact with. Pet ownership responsibilities can bear harsh penalties for those that mistreat animals in any way. Abusing pets is a crime punishable by time in jail and it is a pet owner's responsibility to ensure that animals are treated equally and fairly. Some pets are better in sports than their owners are but that should not keep an owner from exercising the animal properly.

Many pet owner's run into difficulties with owning a pet when pets bark excessively or make a mess on the carpet. Animals can be trained for certain behavior corrections and the pet owner's responsibilities often extend to finding a pet analyst to diagnose and treat a pets odd behavior patterns. Often the problems with the pet will originate with the original owner and human interaction and a little kindness are all that will be needed to rectify the behavioral problems.

Pet ownership responsibilities might be adjusted somewhat to fix a problem that is occurring with an animal. The pet owner might be asked by an animal psychologist to consider finding a playmate for the animal to alleviate the sheer boredom that is driving the animal to behave so erratically. Some pet ownership responsibilities seem too much to bear and the pet owner will usually return the animal to the person that had them before. Others will comply and learn that this solution was the best thing that could have happened because everyone is again happy at home.
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