Caring for my pet

A healthy pet is a happy companion. To ensure you pet's daily wellbeing, it needs love, care and attention, like any other member of your family.

Make sure you pets have insulated shelter from all weather conditions, have clean water available for drinking and are fed according to their needs. If in doubt ask your vet or the place that you purchased your pet.

If you are not a breeder, you should get your cat or dog desexed at a young age. This means you won't have to deal with unwanted kittens and puppies. It's also cheaper to register your desexed animal.    

Cats should be wearing a bell or some other device that lets wildlife know they are around. And your cat should be inside (or confined some way) at night, so that it doesn't disturb your neighbours pets.    

Dogs need a bit more attention than other pets, because their barking can become frustrating for the neighbours. Make sure you:

  • Exercise your dog. Dogs that have worked off their excess energy are less likely to bark from boredom. This could include walking your dog for at least 30 minutes each day.
  • Play with your dog when you are home and leave toys out when you are not.  
  • Discipline your dog. Take it to an obedience school or puppy preschool, and talk to your vet about what type of training courses are available.

If you feel your dog is well cared for, but continues to bark excessively, there are a number of things you can try:

  • Restrict your dog's vision through fences and gates so it is not distracted or provoked by passer-bys. Consider confining it inside while you are out and at night.   
  • Consider more extensive training, talk to specialist dog trainers and/or a dog behavioural assessor.

You should also have a good strong lead to walk your dog each day. Remember to take a plastic bag to collect your dogs dropping while you are out and about, maybe tie some spares on your lead so you don't run out.