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. As your vet, we are willing to discuss the many aspects of dog care, including breed-specific medical problems and routine health care such as vaccinations, flea and tick control, desexing and worming that your future dog may need.
After 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 sheet 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 fenced yard is essential. Your dog should never be left unsupervised when tethered.
- All dogs need daily exercise and mental stimulation to help avoid behavioural and health problems. It is also vitally important that dogs are socialised with people and other dogs from an early age in order to learn appropriate interactive behaviours.
- 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. Routine vaccinations, flea and tick control and worming are also recommended. A visit to us is also a good opportunity to ask about nutrition, behaviour, and other issues.
- Nutrition is an important part of your dogs care. A healthy and balanced diet is essential. Each dog has specific and unique nutritional requirements, we are happy to discuss which diet is best for your pooch.
- It is essential to keep your dogs teeth clean. A regular dental care routine will minimise tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth. 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. Grooming requirements will vary between different breeds and coat types. This is important to consider when choosing what breed is right for you.
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.