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National Pet Month top ten tips

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 15/04/2014   Category: Blog

It’s National Pet Month, a month where we celebrate our pets and look to raise awareness for other pet owners or people considering having pets. National Pet Month has come up with ten top tips for pets owners.

1. Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its requirements – When deciding what pet to have consider the cost of a pet and all the vet bills, food and insurance. Look at the amount of space you have in your home, will your pet have enough room, look at your lifestyle, do you have enough time for them to give them enough attention, walks and love.
2. Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained – When you get your pet it is your responsibility to ensure they are well socialised with other animals. This will help them become friendly and approachable pets with other people and their pets. Training your pet from a young age is advised as they pick things up a lot easier and quicker.
3. Provide and nutritious and well balanced diet – providing the correct food and amounts is importable to your pet’s standard of living. You must feed your pet the best diet possible so they are as healthy as they can be.
4. Provide suitable housing and bedding – Just like humans, pets need to have a place to sleep and somewhere they feel safe. Ensure you provide this for them from the beginning as young pets get tired more often and will need suitable bedding to keep them warm and comfortable.
5.  Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly – Your pet is your responsibility and no one else’s so ensure you clean up after your pet. Always keep on top on any health issues by maintaining regularly worming with your pet.
6. Protect again disease. Your vet can provide you with advice – If there are vaccinations available for your pet then book in with your vet to have these and keep up with annual top ups, these vaccinations could prevent your dog gaining a fatal disease.
7. Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate – if you do not want your dog to have litters, always get your dog neutered as this is often healthier for your pet and will also help unwanted pets been handed to shelters and rescue homes.
8. Groom your pet regularly – this is important to keep your pets coat in its best condition however it is also important to do as it helps owner and pets bond as most pets enjoy this thoroughly.
9. Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified – if you pet was ever to go missing having them micro chipped greatly increases the chances of you being reunited with them, speak to your vet about this procedure.
10. Take out insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover again unexpected veterinary fees and third party liability. – if your pet ever unfortunately falls ill, you will need insurance for large vet bills.

Use these tips and help others do the same whilst we all look after our pets and raise awareness in National Pet Month.