Ten Tips for a Healthy Pet
- Ensure your pet has an initial course of vaccinations followed up by boosters every year.
- Keep up to date with worm and fleas treatments: worming every 3 months and flea treatments every month-6 weeks
- Feed a good quality diet designed to meet your pets’ needs. There are a variety of diets available to suit different life stages and also prescription diets for medical conditions e.g. obesity and kidney disease.
- Neutering of females is advisable to prevent unwanted pregnancies and to reduce the incidence of cancer. In male dogs, wandering, hyper sexuality and prostatic disease may be helped by castration.
- Keep your pets teeth clean and healthy with daily brushing. Dentals can be carried out under a general anaesthetic to remove tartar and extract loose or infected teeth.
- Pets especially those with long coats need regular brushing or combing to prevent mats. However if bathing is carried out too frequently it can dry up the coat.
- Regular daily exercise is necessary to keep your dog healthy and happy.
- Nail trimming is also important. Dewclaws especially the hind ones may need trimming to prevent them from in growing. If your dog walks on grass, all the claws may need regular trimming. Cats’ claws should only be trimmed if they live indoors.
- Keep your pets weight checked regularly to prevent obesity and its related problems. We provide a pets weight clinic if it is necessary.
- As your pet gets older regular check ups from our vets will help keep them fit: advice about arthritis, heart problems and other age-related illnesses can be of great benefit.