Owning a dog provides companionship, loyalty and affection for people of all ages and is an invaluable addition to families and individuals. However, it is important to find the breed of dog most suitable to your particular lifestyle and be aware of the responsibility that comes with dog ownership before you adopt or purchase a dog.
Before purchasing your puppy or dog, there are several important aspects of their care, to consider:
- We strongly recommend that you insure your new dog. Please see our information page on insurance for more about this topic.
- Suitable bedding such as washable rugs, cushions or blankets need to be provided in a weatherproof kennel or indoors.
- A secure area such as a dog-proof yard is essential. Your dog should never be left unsupervised when tethered.
- What are you going to feed your puppy? A healthy and balanced diet is essential.
- Ensure you are able to give your dog enough attention. All dogs need daily exercise and mental stimulation, that is appropriate to their breed and age. Dogs view their humans as being part of a pack and can develop behavioural issue if the feel neglected or excluded.
- Consider how the breed’s overall needs will fit in with your lifestyle; Does this breed need daily grooming? How much exercise will he need? What is the breed’s average life expectancy?
Once you have adopted your puppy, it is a good idea to book an appointment for a general health check. This also gives you the chance to book their vaccinations and ask any questions you may have.
After your puppy is fully vaccinated, regular visits to the veterinary clinic (even just for weight checks) and other places is a fantastic way to socialise young dogs and help them feel positive about new places.
- All pets require a minimum of one health check a year. On average, dogs age five to eight times faster than humans, allowing major health changes to develop in a relatively short amount of time. The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age. However, a visit to us helps us diagnose, treat or even prevent health problems before they become life-threatening.
- Routine vaccinations, flea and tick control and worming are recommended.
- It is essential to keep your dogs teeth clean. However, never give your dog cooked bones, as these can be brittle and easily splinter, causing harm to your dog.
- Fresh water bowls must always be available for your dog. They should be kept clean and placed in the shade.
- Grooming and brushing is essential, particularly for long-haired breeds. This helps remove dust, dead skin, loose hairs, grass seeds, and tangles and it also assists to shorten the coat moult, which occurs every autumn and spring. Dirty or smelly dogs should be bathed. However, keep in mind that frequent shampooing can strip the natural oils from the coat and cause skin dryness and irritation.
Our staff are always keen to discuss routine health care for your current or future pets. For further information about pet care, please phone our helpful staff during business hours.