Being a responsible pet owner, however, requires providing the best care when your pets are ill and protecting them when well. Spend some time educating yourself about your pet and the chances of having serious medical disorders and other issues can be greatly reduced. Following are some tips to help you keep your pet as fit as can be and enjoy each others companionship to its fullest. Remember, every pet should have an annual visit with a veterinarian for a physical exam and vaccinations if needed. As spring approaches, ask about heart worm prevention and flea and tick treatment.