General advice for your Dog

Dogs are wonderful companions.  If you are ready to welcome a new puppy or dog into your life, then it is time to carefully consider what type of dog will suit you.  It is strongly recommended to research different breeds and select one that suits you – considering the level of activity, size, grooming requirements, and different inherited disorders.  Dogs can live for over 15 years so are a long-term commitment, and it is essential to select the right dog to form part of your family.

Housing:

Suitable bedding such as washable rugs, cushions or blankets need to be provided in a weatherproof kennel or indoors. The older the dog, the more padding there should be for protecting joints and warding off aches and pains.  A secure area such as a dog-proof yard is essential. Your dog should never be left unsupervised when tethered.

Exercise:

All dogs need daily exercise and mental stimulation to help avoid behavioural and health problems. Dogs view their human owners as being part of their pack and can develop behavioural issues if they feel neglected or excluded. 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.

Diet:

Nutrition is an important part of your dog’s care. A healthy and balanced diet is essential. This will provide protein to build the body; fats for skin and coat health; carbohydrates for energy; and minerals and vitamins for good bone development and healthy tissues.

It is essential to keep your dog’s 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:

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.

Health Checks:

Dogs require a minimum of one health check per year. Regular visits help us diagnose, treat or even prevent health problems before they become life-threatening. Routine vaccinations, worming and flea control form the basics of canine medical care.  We can also provide additional guidance on nutrition, behaviour, training and life-stage treatments available.

We welcome you to book an appointment with us to discuss how to keep your dog in optimum mental and physical health.  We also keep on hand lists of groomers, kennels and dog walkers that we recommend.