Caring for your pet

Much of being a responsible pet owner is understanding what your pet needs and also being aware of what your responsibilities are to the community. Following are some basic rules for pet care:

  • Learn about your pet's special needs - dietary, health, housing and general care;
  • Provide your pet with an adequate balanced diet and ensure it has access to clean, cool drinking water at all times;
  • Regularly exercise your pet according to its needs;
  • Train your pet using kindness and positive reinforcement;
  • Provide appropriate housing and location for your pet;
  • Whilst unsupervised, keep your pet safely and securely confined to your property at all times;
  • To minimize boredom, provide your pet with sufficient companionship and a stimulating environment;
  • Protect your pet's health by taking it to a vet whenever health problems arise and by ensuring all necessary vaccinations and treatments are up-to-date;
  • To help prevent disease and illness, ensure your pet has a clean environment;
  • Microchip your pet (where appropriate) and where required register it with your local council to increase the likelihood of return when lost;
  • De-sex your pet at an early age to prevent unwanted offspring;
  • If your pet requires grooming, do so on a regular basis;
  • Many pets need to be socialised with other animals and people, particularly at a young age - give your pet appropriate opportunities for mixing with others;
  • Teach your family, friends and children how to interact with your pet;
  • Find suitable boarding facilities for your pet whilst on holidays;
  • Respect the rights of non pet owners by keeping your pet under control while in public and by disposing of any droppings made in public areas;
  • Provide your pet with love and attention and commit to caring for it for its entire life.

For more information about caring for your pet please visit the RSPCA Knowledgebase

   

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