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4 Ways to be a responsible pet owner

Having a furry friend can bring so much joy and love into your life, but it’s important to remember that a pet is a big responsibility. As a responsible pet owner, your main goal is to keep your dog or cat happy and safe. Luckily, you can take a few simple steps to ensure that you’re doing just that. Here are four things to do when you have a pet. 


Despite having a collar and a tag on your pet, they can fall off. So, it is vital to have a backup to ensure your pet’s safety. A microchip is a small device that offers a permeant form of pet identification. If your furry friend is ever lost, a shelter or veterinarian can scan the chip to identify them and find your contact information.   

According to The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, shelters and humane societies across North America can’t return thousands of animals every year to their home as they can’t be identified. The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society recommends microchipping, as it “is a reliable, permanent, one-time service that helps give you peace of mind for your pet’s lifetime.”   


Not only is spraying or neutering your animal an excellent way to prevent pet homelessness but there are other benefits. The Ottawa Humane Society states it has many health and behaviour benefits, like reducing the risk of roaming and spraying.   

Spaying or neutering can promote a longer life. For example, a University of Georgia study found neutered male dogs have a 13.8% longer life expectancy, and spayed female dogs have a 26.3% longer life expectancy.    

But the good news isn’t limited to just dogs. The Humane Society says spayed female cats and neutered male cats also live longer. 

Pet Proofing

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Pet-proofing your home is always a good idea, regardless of your pet’s age, as it will keep them safe and prevent accidents. The first step in doing so is to think like your furry friend. Examine your house from their perspective and identify any potential hazards. You’ll want to fix loose cables and remove small items that could be swallowed.   

Next, remove any poisonous houseplants and safely store medications, cleaners, and other chemicals where your animals can’t access them. It is also a good idea to use covered trash so your pet can eat anything inside and secure areas that could be dangerous, like pools or balconies. 

Pet Insurance

As a pet owner, ensuring your furry friend receives the best care when they fall ill or has an accident is vital. However, the cost of veterinary care can be a significant source of stress and financial burden.  

The good news is that pet insurance provides a solution to this problem. By obtaining pet insurance, you can receive financial support to help you provide your pet with the necessary care with less worry about the expense. Get a quote online today! 

The information herein is summarized, the actual policy issued Terms and Conditions will prevail. All Pet Insurance plans have limitations and exclusions. Specific products, features, rates, and discounts may vary by province, eligibility, and are subject to change. 

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