Here is our best pet tips
Five in ten homes in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have a pet of some form. The UK is recognised as a country of BIG animal lovers and pets are often referred to as ‘one of the family.
Be a pet owner is a big responsibility though; you’re looking after a animal that relies entirely upon the owner for nourishment, shelter, fun and games. Most of us are conscientious pet owners, but sadly, there are plenty of others that aren’t. Did you know that there are loads of rescue centres up and down the country that are completely overrun with unwanted and uncared for pets like dogs, cats and other small animals. Whether you are already a pet owner or are seriously thinking of buying one for your family, here are our top tips for being a responsible pet owner.
Top tips for being a pet owner
- Have a think in good time before getting a pet and learn if it has any special requirements. All animals need special attention and some care and throughout their life. Some dogs and cats needs are sometimes complex, so we believe understanding an in-depth knowledge of these needs benefits the animal and owner.
- Understand and allow in the actual costs of frequent veterinary checkups, inoculations and other pet medicines, as well as other unexpected costs, like accidents, fleas and worming.
- Always read up through either buying books or searching the web for information on your choice of pet and follow the recommendations, if in doubt ask the breeder, have a chat to your local vet or even ask friends for anything that may help.
- Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained (nowadays there are plenty of dog trainers in every area) – an untrained dog is a dangerous animal and even smaller pets can deliver a nasty bite if not handled in a correct way regularly and carefully.
- Providing a nutritious and well balanced diet for your pet is essential and this can prevent illness and keep your pet healthy and happy. With a massive choice of foods for dogs, cats, horses and small animals, sometimes it does take time to find the perfect choice for your animal.
- Provide suitable housing and bedding; choose a comfy dog bed, hay for your hamster or even a soft cushion for cats. This will all depend entirely upon the animal you chose, so again, research, research and research a little more.
- Regularly clean up after your pet and worm it frequently. Remember that good hygiene is vital as droppings from animals can cause illness in vulnerable people.
- Protect against diseases. Talk to your local vet who can give the correct advice on the vaccinations required and other medical information required.
- Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when needed. Not only does this prevent a population explosion, neutering can avert illness and avoid any temperament issues.
- Pet grooming should be done regularly, and there are many dog groomers out there that can provide a regular service at home or at their premises. Long-haired animals do tend to require more care to prevent problems, sometimes necessitating costly veterinary treatment. With various cheap dog supplies online, even try a bit of dog grooming for yourself.
- Look after your pet and ensure it is properly identified. Microchipping for dogs, cats and horses is a must, as well as ID tags for pets. If your pet goes missing and is handed in to a rescue centre like PDSA or RSPCA, the microchip can be scanned and you will be reunited with it quickly.
- We advise taking out pet insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover against the unexpected vets fees and third party liability. The pet owner is legally responsible for their pets, so if yours injures somebody or something, or even causes an accident, you’ll be grateful for taking the third party liability.
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