Dogs

How to be your dog’s best friend

Much the same as you and I, a healthy dog is a happy dog. And although we love to see the pets in our care as often as we can, investing a little time and effort in getting to know your dog’s needs – and putting in place a plan that prevents them getting sick – will ensure that you’ll both need to pop to the vet that little bit less.

8 steps to a healthy, happy pup

Our preventative health plan covers the most important things you can do for your dog. You’ll find lots of bedtime reading throughout the site, but here is a quick need-to-know to get you started.

  1. Vaccination
    It’s incredibly important that puppies begin vaccinations within their first few months of life so that they are protected from the most common diseases, and can start getting out and about and meeting other pups.
  2. Feeding
    Choose the highest quality dry, tinned or balanced raw food you can, rather than sloppy tins or pouches. Keep them keen and never leave food down. They should be wagging their tails and peckish when mealtime comes around.
  3. Puppy Pre-School
    A week after their first vaccination, it’s time to get social. The more you introduce them to sights, sounds and other dogs, the better. So why not bring them along to our Puppy Pre-School?
  4. Dental health
    The best thing you can do for your dog’s teeth is exactly what you do for your own – good-old daily cleaning and timely trips to the dentist. Help them look after their own mouths, too, with foods that they can really get their teeth into. A good chew on a raw meaty bone every week really helps. Check out our freezer.
  5. Health insurance
    There’s no getting away from the fact that pet insurance can be pricey. But like many things these days, we’re great believers that you only get what you pay for. Choose your plan carefully and with every eventuality in mind.
  6. Neutering
    We recommend that all puppies be neutered by the time they’re five months old. It helps prevent future medical and behavioural problems and prolongs lifespan. Plus the younger the pup, the less they’re fazed by the procedure. Sometimes our advice may differ, depending on circumstances. Just ask.
  7. Worming and fleas
    Every new pup should be wormed. And as soon as they start venturing outside, even if just for a quick scamper in the garden, it’s time to start at-home monthly worming and flea prevention.
  8. Identity microchips
    It may only be the size of a grain of rice, but a microchip makes a huge difference to your peace of mind. Should your dog ever go walkabout, it makes it easy to be reunited, and means they can accompany you on holiday, too. Jolly good news all around.