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National Pet Month

National Pet Month
13/04/2017 The Neighbourhood Vet

Our Top Tips For Responsible Pet Ownership

  1. Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirements. Consider a rescue dog or cat which will have had a full health check.
  2. Annual health checks and vaccinations with a vet are important to their well-being.
  3. Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet.
  4. Microchip your pet and ensure their microchip details up to date.
  5. Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats and rabbits to cover against unexpected veterinary fees and third party liability. Lifetime cover is strongly recommended!
  6. Most dogs, cats and rabbits benefit from neutering for both medical and behavioural benefits. A neutered animal tends to have a longer, healthier life and also reduces the unwanted pet population.
  7. Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained and if necessary enrol your dog on a training or obedience class. Positive training will allow you to control your dog’s behaviour safely and provides a terrific opportunity to enhance the bond you share with your dog. Training builds communication, understanding and mutual respect.
  8. Keep your animal physically fit. Overweight or obese animals have impaired health, welfare and quality of life.
  9. Clean up after your pet and worm them regularly
  10. Dogs die in hot cars! Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.
  11. Rabbit owners must check for fly strike. Make sure you check your rabbits bottom twice a day and clean if dirty.
  12. Give your dog companionship. Dogs left alone for long hours are more likely to exhibit undesirable behaviours including aggression and separation anxiety. If you are away from your home for long hours, consider hiring a dog walker or getting a companion for your pet.

Concerned about your pets health? Our appointments provide the best opportunity to talk to the vet about any concerns or worries you have about your pet’s health. It is also our chance to give them a thorough examination – from nose to tail – and to talk to you about their overall well being. As our pets go through their lives their needs change and they experience the same ageing process as we do – just a bit faster.  So it is important that we spot any developing problems at an early stage and adapt their diet, lifestyle and any treatment they are on, accordingly.


Written by Dr Topaz Koch
Veterinary Surgeon

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