- Provide your pet with an adequate balanced diet and ensure it has access to clean, cool drinking water at all times;
- Regularly exercise your pet according to its needs;
- Train your pet using kindness, treats and rewards – not punishment!;
- Provide appropriate housing and shelter for your pet;
- Keep your pet safely and securely confined, or in the case of dogs, on a leash unless in an off-leash area;
- To minimise boredom, provide your pet with lots of companionship and playtime, plus toys to keep it entertained;
- Protect your pet's health by taking it to a vet whenever it is sick or hurt, and make sure routine medical treatments (such as vaccinations and worming) are up-to-date;
- You may need to microchip your pet and register it with your local council so it can be returned to you if it becomes lost;
- Baby animals might be very cute but they can also be a lot of trouble, so desex your pet at an early age to prevent unwanted offspring;
- If your pet requires grooming, do so on a regular basis;
- Most pets need to be socialised with other animals and people, particularly at a young age so give your pet appropriate opportunities for mixing with others;
- Teach your family, friends and children how to interact with your pet;
- Make suitable arrangements for care of your pet while you’re on holidays – or take your pet with you!
- Respect the rights of non pet owners by keeping your pet under control while in public and by disposing of any mess made in public areas;
Remember, your pet depends on you to look after it.
Provide your pet with all the love, attention and care it needs and you’ll have a happier, healthier pet and a friend for life!