Are you a pawsome pet parent?

Pet Insurance  •   Pam Karkow  •   Feb 16, 2016

February is Responsible Pet Owner Month.  Are you doing everything you should be doing to keep your pet happy and safe?  Check out the 7 tips below to make sure you are providing the most loving environment your pet could possibly ask for…


Prepare for emergenciestripsholidaysnew babiesnew furry name it, there’s a reason to be prepared for it, especially where our four-legged friends are concerned.  Save your pet some anxiety and do your research.

Annual vet visit.  

Your pet cannot tell you when he doesn’t feel well, and most pets are masters at hiding their ailments.  They must count on you to schedule regular veterinary checkups.  Biannual dental cleanings are also recommended.  PetPartners has you covered in many areas such as annual testing, vaccinations, and dental cleanings with their Wellness Care and Prevention Plans.  

Ward off potential hazards.  

Pet proof your home.  You probably already know that chocolate and poinsettias are poisonous to your dog, but did you know that xylitol (an ingredient found in sugar-free gum and toothpaste) is also extremely toxic to dogs?  Dogs and and cats are curious by nature, so it is important to be educated about the dangers of houseplants and consider eco-friendly products.

Spay/neuter your pet. 

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat prevents unwanted puppies or kittens and can prevent serious health problems such as uterine infections and breast cancer.  PetPartners also offers plans to help offset the cost of this procedure.  Their Defender Plus Plan allows for a choice of spaying or neutering or a dental cleaning each year.  


Teaching your dog to obey is helpful for many reasons: It ensures your pet’s safety (and your own), and it strengthens relationships and improves communication between you and your pet. See this post for other reasons you should train your dog.

Make part of your family.  

Pets need companionship and a warm, safe, and loving environment in order to thrive.  Dogs are traditionally pack animals and are happiest when welcomed into their family’s home with open arms, with a run of much, if not all of the house.


Exercise provides an outlet for your pet’s energy, aids in training, and improves the quality of life for you and your pet.   In this post, 3 Reasons to Get Outside and Walk, you will find further elaboration on why your pet needs exercise.  

That’s what it takes to be a PAWSOME pet parent!  How can you be a better fur mom or dad?  I think I’ll start with loving on my dog a little more--she is part of our family and she should feel like it!  

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Pam Karkow

Hi, I'm Pam. List maker, note taker, and avid reader. I'm married to my college sweetheart and we have three amazing kids, all of them boys. We also have one furry child, a golden retriever rescue dog. I have been blogging for PetPartners since 2015, and I love researching and writing tips about how to be a better pet parent. I spend most of my time sharing my adventures at, where I share the ways I am learning to be a better wife and mom--to my two and four-legged children.