For the majority of people, the idea of getting a pet comes with happiness and joy. However, many don’t tend to consider the necessary legal requirements. For instance, not everyone will know that, as the Control of Dogs Order mandates, all engraved pet ID tags must include the owner’s name and address, or that you are now legally required to have your dog microchipped. Dog owners can risk a fine of up to £500 if their dog is not microchipped, and up to a hefty £5,000 if their dog does not wear suitable ID.
Pet Theft Awareness Day is fast approaching and while many consider the safety of their dogs, it can be difficult to know the best ways to keep your precious pooch as safe and secure as possible. Taking steps like keeping doors and windows locked when you’re not home and investing in collars with personalised dog tags can help to keep your pet safe. While it can often be a scary thought to think about losing your pet, sadly it’s something that can happen to anyone.
These days there is so much talk from the anti-raw pet food lobby. As we know, the conclusions that come out of ‘studies’ and the way they are reported are often dubious to say the least, often with conveniently missed relevant information and even down right false information. Only 27 dogs with symptoms were included in this Melbourne study, and with no detail about their lifestyles and anything else that might have contributed to their condition. It is simply not reasonable to warn the UK population of over 16.5 million dog and cat owners against feeding their dogs raw chicken based on that study. We also have a right to know who funded the study.
You might be thinking of adding a small four-legged friend to your life. Cats can make for great company and are a lot of fun to play with. For those with a small house and no garden or anyone that loves cats, they are a great pet. As with any pet, they come with responsibilities, they need to be kept safe, comfortable and occupied.
Some people don’t like the idea of dressing up their pets, but for others, it’s a fun thing to do with dogs that enjoy the attention. If that’s your dog, spend some time dressing your four-legged best friend on Dress Up Your Pet Day, which falls on Sunday 14 January. Whether it’s a full outfit or change of accessory it will give you some valuable bonding time with your pet.
Much like with birthdays, a popular gift for Christmas has and will probably always be giving a new pet – typically a new puppy or kitten. While this is exciting and the start of a whole new chapter in your lives – there is also a lot of responsibility that comes with welcoming a furry friend into your life.
With the merry season literally just around the corner, it is important to remember to keep your pets safe whilst celebrating amongst family and friends. Christmas brings with it a multitude of fun, food and laughter so needless to say, it can be very easy to overlook which festive foods and decorations aren’t suitable for your furry little friends.