08th March 2018
1st April - 7th May 2018 is National Pet Month and in honour of their 'Pet Care Aware' campaign, here at Best in Show, we wanted to share our tips for responsible pet ownership.
If you're a new pet parent, these are our 5 pointers that will help you care for your new companion.
It’s really important when deciding to bring a dog into your home, that you choose one that suits your lifestyle. There are so many fabulous breeds to pick from, of all shapes and sizes, all with their own unique needs that owners need to be aware of.
PDSA recommend that you think ‘P-E-T-S’ when considering investing in a canine companion. That’s Place (regular access to a safe and secure outdoor space), Exercise (how much of your time you can devote to keeping your dog active), Time (how much free time you have to prevent your pup from becoming lonely), Spend (how much surplus cash you can afford to spend on your new family member) and Knowledge (how much research you’ve done about the species and breed of your potential pet).
Owners must bear in mind that some breeds are predisposed to certain health problems. For instance, Pugs are prone to joint disorders and skin infections. Extensive research into your chosen pet will stand you in good stead for keeping on top of potential symptoms and what to look out for.
Always seek a vet’s advice if your dog is ill or injured. On top of that, you can be mindful of keeping your pet healthy with the right diet and exercise. More on this below.
The correct diet for your dog will depend on a number of factors. This will include their breed, age, health and lifestyle. There are many things to be mindful of. Have a read of our 10 Health Human Foods for Dogs article if you’re unsure of the dangerous effects that people foods can have on our furry family members.
Choose a high-quality pet food that is full of the correct nutrients and always follow the feeding guidelines on the pack. It’s important that your dog gets a complete diet, which can be in the form of wet, dry or raw food. All of the options out there can be overwhelming, so make sure to use a reputable source for your doggy diet needs. You can find out more information on different diets for dogs here.
It might not seem like it, but there is a lot to consider when giving your dog something to chew on or carry in their mouth. Dogs will swallow the strangest things, given half the chance. So, keep a close eye on them during playtime. Playing doesn’t just allow your dog to release any pent-up energy, it also encourages interaction with people and other dogs, as well as expressing natural instincts like chasing, pouncing and searching.
Pick toys that are designed for pets, non-toxic and durable. Avoid anything with parts that can be easily chewed off and swallowed. Our Rope Toys are designed to fray while chewing, to floss your dog’s teeth. While our Wild Deer Antler and Tuber Chew are both 100% natural, sustainable and safe from the risks of splintering. What’s more, they release vitamins and minerals with every chew. Naturally shed and harvested by hand, you can rely on our Healthy & Wholesome range to do your dog good.
Simply, because they can’t take care of themselves! This may include microchipping, which is highly recommended for a permanent method of identifying your pet and keeping them safe. Regular worming and flea treatments should be part of your dog’s healthcare, so make sure to speak to your vet about the right routine for your pet.
As a dog owner, you are also responsible for his or her social skills. As pet parents, we want our dogs to be as friendly as possible. Socialisation methods include integrating your dog into new social situations and allowing them to enjoy new experiences on a regular basis. You can try reward-based training with healthy, human-grade dog treats and training classes. Socialisation starts from birth, but old dogs can learn new tricks – despite what you might’ve heard!
Visit the National Pet Month website to find out how you can get involved.