There are good intentions, and then there are good deeds. When it comes to raising a pet, good intentions just don’t cut it. Our pets thrive only because of the attention we give them, and the effort and time we invest in them. As much as we encourage and support pet ownership, veterinarians also recognize that pet owners need to be aware that pets of all types come with responsibilities.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) created Responsible Pet Ownership Guidelines. These guidelines can help pet owners before they adopt a pet and help them make responsible decisions after adopting a new family member.