Dog tips for the New Year

The beginning of a New Year is the ideal time to think about your pet’s changing needs, and to sort through your dog’s particulars to make sure everything is in order.

Dates for your calendar

Check through your diary for the coming year, and make a note of any important dates to carry o

ut vaccinations, when flea and tick treatments are due, and also make a note of worming dates. It’s the responsibility of all dog owners to make sure their pet is regularly wormed.

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Ensure your dog is microchipped

In the UK, since April 2016, it has been the law to have your dog microchipped with its owners contact details, registered on an approv

ed, central database. It’s also the owner’s responsibility to make sure that in any change of circumstances, such as change of address or email address, that these details are updated.

Security at home

It’s your responsibility to make sure that your dog cannot escape and stray from home. Carry out an inspection of your boundaries, fences and garden gates. Inspect for areas of damage and any potential doggy escape routes. It’s a good time too to inspect your dog’s harness, lead or other walking equipment is in good condition, and still fits your dog correctly.

Dog’s general health

When was the last time you took your dog to the Vet for a health check? It’s a good plan to get their general health, eye sight, hearing, weight, teeth and gums checked at least annually. When at the Vets, ask if he can do a check on your dog’s microchip, as these sometimes migrate and it’s certainly worth having it scanned.

Organise pet insurance

It’s usually one of the last things that pet owners get around to sorting, but if you have a new puppy, or even a dog you’ve had for a while, its good advice to arrange some sort of pet insurance cover. Unexpected visits to the Vet can be expensive and it’s always good to know you have some cover in place.

Make plans to have your dog neutered

This is the general term used to describe the surgical removal of all, or some of the reproductive organs of your pet. In female dogs it’s called spaying, and males, the operation is known as castration. Neutering your dog will not only prevent unwanted pregnancy, but will remove their sexual urges and provide many health benefits.

Have a healthy new start to the New Year

As we head into the New Year, it’s time to ditch those old habits and start with a new healthy regime for both you and your dog. Having -an energetic dog is the perfect excuse to get some fresh air together and get moving. It’s a well-known fact that dogs need a lot more exercise than you think they do, and unfortunately, many pets just do not get enough, with many unwanted behaviours such as causing damage and excessive barking being attributed to lack of exercise. When training your dog, it’s helpful to visit and learn in different environments, not just in your garden or living room.

Finchley Dog Walker wishes you all a happy, safe and healthy year with your doggy friends.