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• Sarasota • Lakewood Ranch • Osprey •

Responsible Pet Parenting 101

Pets are wonderful companions; however, being responsible for a companion animal is integral to the owner-pet relationship. Here at Bayside, we feel one of the most critical aspects of pet ownership is the relationship. Here are some foundational ideas to help you thoroughly master pet parenting!

  1. Commit to taking care of your furry best friend for the entirety of their life.
  2. Before you bring home a pet, there are many essential things you should consider: The type of pet that suits your home and lifestyle, the amount of time you can spend with your pet and how much exercise they require, how much care they need (for example – grooming, training), whether you have small children or other pets in the home.
  3. Pets bring many joys to our lives, but caring for them requires time and money. We are here to help you take care of your pet by being a resource for all the services and information you might want or need.
  4. Pet ownership requires commitment and responsibility. You must be able to provide an appropriate and safe environment for your pet. The domain provides adequate food, water, shelter, health care, and companionship.
  5. An animal’s enclosure should protect it from weather conditions that would distress or discomfort the animal and provide access to appropriate food, water, and shelter. Sections may include features designed to prevent injury, hazard, or animal entrapment. An outdoor enclosure must be of sufficient size to allow each animal to maintain an adequate temperature range, satisfy its nutritional requirements and exercise needs, and express natural behavior. A minimum rule of thumb is at least 10 square feet per animal.
  6. Identifying our pets is perhaps one of the most important things we can do for them. The consequences of losing a pet can be heartbreaking. Microchips are a much more reliable identification method because dogs, cats, and other animals frequently get lost and found by animal shelters, which then scan the microchip to reunite pets with their families.
  7. Always check your pet’s license and research local leash laws. Make sure you comply with these regulations to ensure your dog’s well-being and the safety of others.
  8. Help to manage the overpopulation of pets in the community by controlling your pet(s)’ reproduction through managed breeding, containment, or spay/neuter.
  9. From monthly preventative care visits to yearly vaccines and examinations, these can help keep your pet healthy. Pet insurance can help pay for routine and emergency care for your dog or cat, comprehensive physical exams, joint and hip dysplasia, dermatological conditions, cancer treatments, and more.
  10. Your pet is a part of your family and deserves the same love and attention you give to your other family members. Pets grow, learn and mature through social interactions with people and animals. Proper socialization will help your pet be happier and healthier in their environment. Proper socialization and training can help you minimize the risk of an accident. It’s helpful to understand canine behavior and how to read signs that may alert you to unwanted or dangerous behaviors.
  11. Your community should be able to expect you to do everything possible to prevent any negative impact on other people, animals, or the environment. Proper waste disposal, noise control, and keeping pets from straying or becoming feral are all ways to respect your neighbors.
  12. Providing your pet with a healthy diet tailored for age and activity level and maintaining a consistent routine will maintain their quality of life.
  13. Your pets are important family members, so you must include them in your plan for an emergency or disaster. Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death for you and your pet.
  14. How can you ensure that your beloved pet will be cared for when you cannot do so? A pet trust is a way to ensure your pet is taken care of in case you become incapacitated and unable to manage your affairs. If faith begins and the trustee is not of such a trust, the court will not allow any funds contributed by the decedent to go toward this purpose.
  15. As your pet grows older, symptoms of disease or illness may become more pronounced. Some pets can cope with these problems, but others may need special care and medication. When this happens, it is essential to discuss making decisions in consultation with your veterinarian regarding appropriate end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).

Remember that we are here for you on your pet ownership journey! For the past ten years, we have been happy to provide 5-star grooming, boarding, training, doggy daycare, and so much more to the Suncoast community. Contact one of our conveniently located facilities to learn how we can help you with responsible pet parenting!


8154 N Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 351-0730 |


718 S Tamiami Trail

Osprey, FL 34229

(941) 244-4930 |

Lakewood Ranch

15117 Garnet Trail

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211

(941) 755-3047 |

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