Patrique Bartlett - Useful Pet Care Tips

Patrique Bartlett has kept pets since she was a child and now takes care of a dog that she rescued from a shelter. Taking care of a pet means shouldering a lot of responsibility, as your animal will rely on you for everything from feeding to making sure that it gets enough exercise. If you want to make sure you’re up to the task, keep all of the following tips in mind.

Know Your Breed
Regardless of the type of animal that you end up getting, it is important that you take a little bit of time to familiarize yourself with its needs. Speak to the pet store owner and conduct research online to find out how often the animal needs to be fed, how to ensure it gets enough exercise and what you can do to make it feel more comfortable in your home.

Spay and Neuter
You have a responsibility to other pet owners, in addition to your own animal, so make sure that you spay or neuter your pet. This is especially important for cats, as they will often spend a lot of their time outside, but it should be done for any pets that you own. Failure to do so could lead to unwanted pregnancies, which often results in more animals being placed into shelters.

Schedule Vet Visits
Patrique Bartlett books regular veterinary exams for her dog so that she can catch any issues early and deal with them. Try to take your animal for a yearly check-up, rather than waiting until something goes wrong.

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