Top ten tips for responsible dog ownership
Local vet Simon Hayes runs Village Vet, the only veterinary practice in London N21. The Village Vet website has lots of useful advice for pet owners and Village Vet’s trained veterinary nurses offer free consultants on routine pet matters.
Dogs have had a pretty bad press recently. Adverse publicity towards 'dangerous dogs', general ignorance about dog behaviour and poor understanding of the basics of responsible dog ownership all threaten the wonderful relationship that millions of people enjoy with their dog in this country. This is all compounded by the plethora of information on the web, some excellent, some less informative…. some downright dangerous.
London N21 has a large dog population and we are very lucky in be living in such a green area with so much open space to walk our dogs. However to do our bit, Village Vet is launching Dog Sense, an initiative to help people to gain a deeper understanding of dog behaviour and responsible dog ownership.
Here is a summary of what we are advising:
1) Pick up your dogs faeces when out walking and discard appropriately. Worm your pet regularly.
2) Make your dog identifiable by use of a collar, tag and microchip.
3) Take out pet insurance to help cover the cost of veterinary treatments and public liability.
4) Unless intending to breed from your dog, consider neutering. We believe that the joy of dog ownership is under threat.
5) Have your vet perform a health examination of your pet at least annually to help keep your pet in the best health.
6) Teach your children how to treat their pet with respect and understanding.
7) Children under the age of twelve years should never be left unsupervised with any dog, even for a few moments.
8) Provide your dog with plenty of exercise - keep your dog on the lead when in public places (except in parks and other 'designated' exercise areas).
9) Try to socialise your dog with others as soon as it is safe after your second puppy vaccination.
10) If your dog is showing any unusual behavioural signs seek advice early.
You can find a more detailed version of our top ten tips on the Village Vet website, using this link
We are also currently developing a blog to encourage sensible debate, discussion and sharing of expertise.
Village Vet, Winchmore Hill
Local vet Simon Hayes runs Village Vet, the only veterinary practice in London N21. The Village Vet website has lots of useful advice for pet owners and Village Vet's trained veterinary nurses offer free consultants on routine pet matters.