Pet Health

10 Essentials of pet care

Your pets need important things every day to live a healthy, happy life
1. Water
Ensure that your pet always has fresh drinking water. Check that the water bowl is always full, cleaned regularly and is not left in the sun.

2. Food
Give your pets nutritious, balanced food that is made especially for them. Adding leftovers to your pet’s food can be detrimental to their health and you should never feed your dogs small bones.

3. Shelter
Ensure that your pet has appropriate shelter to protect them from rain, wind, cold and heat.

4. Exercise
Have fun with your pets, playing is an important form of exercise and a great stress reliever. Exercise also improves the mental and physical health of dogs.

5. Love
Give your pets the love they need. All pets need attention.

6. Sterilisation
Dogs and cats should be sterilised when they are six months old – BEFORE they have a chance to have one litter. There are too many pets and too few homes. Unspayed females and their offspring eventually lead to thousands more unwanted animals being born.

7. Vaccinations and veterinary care
Just as children are vaccinated against life-threatening diseases, so do pets! Your vet or the AWSS can advise you on the correct vaccination schedule for your pet. Veterinary care is also important to your pets’ health and life, take them as soon as you see a symptom, don’t wait until it’s too late.

8. Ticks, Fleas, worms and mites.
These are harmful and can cause illness. Use proper pet products to control ticks, fleas and mites. Never use dog products on cats and make sure the product is suitable for the age of the animal being treated. All pets need regular deworming. Ask the AWSS or your vet for advice.

9. Identification
Make sure that your dog wears a collar and identity disc. You should be able to fit two fingers between your dog’s collar and his neck. Cats should only wear special cat collars with a quick release clip to ensure they do not strangle themselves. You can also have your pet micro-chipped by the AWSS or your vet. A tiny chip programmed with your details is injected under the skin. This number can be read with a scanner that most Welfares and vets have. A micro-ship is an identification device and can’t be used to track the animal.

10. Freedom from harm
Mistreating animals is cruel and it is against the law. If you know of an animal being neglected or abused in any way, please report it to us.