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microchipping

From 6 April 2016 it became compulsory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped and their details are kept up to date. A Fine of up to £500 can be issued should you not comply but even worse if your dog is lost or stolen you may not get them back! So if your details change please remember to update the microchip company and keep your dog safe.

Spaying and neutering

Neutering (male) and spaying (female) is a responsible way to ensure that your dog does not reproduce but there are other reasons why this is a responsible thing to do.

  • Neutering can help reduce aggressive and unwanted sexual behaviour including mounting, fighting and scent marking.
  • Females can come into “season” (the time they will bleed) for 3 weeks at a time, twice a year. If you do not want to breed they will need to be kept away from males during this time. Also be prepared for some mess and inconvenience.
  • Neutering can reduce the risk of testicular and prostate cancer in males and uterine, mammary and ovarian cancer in females and can also stop bitches from suffering from pyometra (womb infection) which can potentially be fatal.

It is a myth that bitches need to have a litter before being spayed. Pregnancy in itself carries its own risks and allowing them a litter is yet another responsibility, is very hard work and can be costly.

Vaccinations

It is important to keep these updated as they prevent potentially serious canine diseases. If you let them over-run the due date then your dog will have to restart their vaccinations again, just like a puppy. This will cost more than just having their usual booster and will also be inconvenient.

Kennel cough is not included in the yearly vaccines and is given separately up the nasal passage once a year. Some people don’t give their dog the kennel cough vaccine believing that they only get the disease if they go into kennels but this is very wrong. It is the most contagious disease in dogs and can be picked up wherever your dog goes where other dogs that carry the disease have been before them. It can also be carried on peoples clothing or footwear. Kennel cough can not only make your dog very poorly but if your dog has an underlying condition, is elderly or very young, it can be fatal.

Socialisation

We have many dogs who come into rescue due to lack of socialisation with other dogs and people. Dog training classes are a great way of to both socialise and train your dog in a safe and controlled way. You should look for a class that is run by a qualified instructor or behaviourist. They should use positive reinforcement methods and never encourage force or negative methods of training.

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