The right pet for you?

Dogs make very good friends, are intelligent, faithful and fun. But they take up a lot of time and energy, are quite expensive to look after and need plenty of space. A dog is not a good choice for people who are out all day.

What do dogs need?

  • Companionship - to be with other dogs or people and not to be left alone for too long.
  • A balanced diet.
  • A constant supply of fresh, clean water.
  • A bed and blanket.
  • A well-fenced garden to play and exercise in.
  • To be brushed every day, especially if they have long hair.
  • Help to clean their teeth. They also need to have their teeth checked regularly by the vet.
  • Regular walks and a lead for walking near traffic or farm animals.
  • Someone to clean up after them with a pooper-scooper.
  • Never to be left in a car in warm weather, even with the window open.
  • A collar, identity tag and dog licence.
  • To be properly trained.
  • To be microchipped.
  • To be neutered.
  • To be taken to a vet if they are ill.
  • Injections to prevent serious diseases.
  • Worming and regular flea treatments.
  • To be looked after when you are on holiday.

Remember - a pet needs your time and interest for the rest of its life.