To celebrate National Pet Month we will be giving you some tips to promote responsible pet ownership as well as picking up the this year’s theme which is Pets and the Elderly. Top tip number one is when you consider getting a new pet, it is essential that you look at the following factors:
The right pet for your lifestyle e.g if you like the outdoors and enjoy long walks, you might consider an active dog like a Jack Russell Terrier over a Dachshund or if you live in an apartment it might be best to get a cat instead.
Decide whether you would like a new pet or to re home one – there are plenty of loving and caring furry friends out there that just need a lovely home
Consider the monthly/yearly cost of owning your pet (including vet bills,food & insurance)
Consider the time you will need to invest in taking care of the pet and who the primary caretaker will be
These are just a few suggestions of some points to consider if you are thinking of welcoming a new member to your family. And once you are ready, the right pet will be waiting for you!
National Pet Month (1st April – 5th May) this year celebrates the special bond between our senior pet owners and their golden oldie pets.
And at easipetcare we’re offering FREE health checks for senior pets and a discount for our over 60 pet owners, because we understand that experience deserves reward. Read on for more details…
Owning A Pet Is Purr-fect For Your Health!
The British Medical Journal published a review of pet ownership and concluded that owning a pet, particularly for the elderly, leads to a happier and healthier life-style.
• Having a pet reduces feelings of loneliness and provides companionship. It also creates positive experiences being responsible for a pet
• Petting a dog or a cat reduces feelings of stress and keeps you happy with their playful antics!
• The only time you’re ‘over the hill’ with a dog is when you’re walking it! A great way to get exercise and reduce blood pressure.
FREE Health Checks for our Senior Pets
If your pet is over 8 years old (or you believe it is if a rescue dog) it is important that they receive regular health checks, so bring your precious pet to easipetcare for a FREE health check by our lovely veterinary nurses which includes:
• Flea and worm check
• Weight check and dietary advice
• Dental hygiene check
• Behaviour advice for older pets
10% Discount For Our Senior Pet Owners!
For our pet-fabulous owners aged 60 and over we offer a 10% discount off vaccinations, consultations and associated medical treatment at easipetcare. This discount is available at our Main Centres, Monday to Friday between 1pm to 3pm*.
Pet Of The Month
Continuing the theme of National Pet Month, we’d love to see a picture of your pet and your stories of how your best furry friend has helped you. The winner will receive £20 easipetcare voucher and we will also donate £20 to the winner’s favourite animal rescue charity. Terms and conditions available here.
Enjoy your pet in the knowledge that easipetcare is always here for you, your feline friends and canine companions.
Easter has certainly come early at easipetcare clinics with a few visit from some bunnies..not the chocolate ones the fluffy ones! We have also had a few chicks too! – definitely putting a spring in our step!
Remember if you are looking to visit an easipetcare clinic during the Easter period, please check our website for opening times.
Easter is a time to reflect and spend time with family with a great big Easter dinner. It is also a time when colourful plants and flowers are brought into the house but do be aware as some of these can be harmful to your pet. Easter lilies and daffodils are poisonous if consumed and may lead to organ damage. Artificial grass that is often found in Easter baskets or decorative displays can be damaging to your pet too.
Beware of these dangerous plants and keep them away from your precious pet this Easter.
Easter is just around the corner and that means there will be loads of food, especially those chocolate bunnies hopping around the house. The info graphic below lists some of the most dangerous foods for pets, so please do your best to keep these away from your furry friend. Remember if your pet ingests any of these or other harmful foods, please take them to you nearest vets - check out our website for your local easipetcare main veterinary centre.
As Pet Theft Awareness Week comes to close, I wanted to highlight the other types of pets that often get overlooked for microchipping. As you may know , from April 2016 all dogs will need to be microchipped, a but any pet is always risk of going missing. Take a look at these pets that can be microchipped. Please contact your local easipetcare clinic to find out if they can microchip your pet – prices are from only £10!
Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, from 6 of April 2016 all dogs in England (and more recently in Scotland with newly introduced laws) will be required by law to be microchipped. From this date, owners will need their dog microchipped and registered to an approved database such as Petlog. If you are looking to sell or give away the dog once this law is in effect, you will need to register the details of any new owner. Pet owners will also be required to keep their contact details up to date with the microchip database.
A Dogs Trust Study (April 2011-March 2012) shows out of over 100,000 strays only 7,098 of these dogs were microchipped. The responses to the government’s consultation showed overwhelming support from some 96% of respondents for some form of compulsory microchipping.
So what does this mean?
From the 6th of April 2016, dog owners in England that come to the attention of the local authority or police will have their dog scanned. If their dog isn’t chipped and they fail to do so in a short period given to comply, owners could face a fine of up to £500. All dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old.
What to do next?
If you already have your dog microchipped then you are covered by the law, just ensure that if you have moved house, changed telephone numbers or ownership of your dog, make sure you have updated these details with the microchip database (contact your vet if you do not know this information). If you are looking to get a new puppy in the future please ensure that you get them microchipped or their details are up to date with the database if you are adopting or rehoming a dog. If you are not sure if your dog is microchipped, you can go to your local vets and get your dog scanned to check if this is the case.
Did you know over 50% of dogs stolen are stolen from garden? This week is Pet Awareness Week.The purpose is to create awareness and give support and advice to owners about the best ways to keep their pet safe and what to do should their pet be lost or stolen. Your best chances of getting your pet back safely and quickly is with a microchip. , which easipetcare offer from an a amazing cost of £10.
When you think of a family pet, many will think of dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs maybe even goldfish. But how many can say that they have a magpie as a pet? Well a family from Australia rescued a magpie three years ago and Penguin is now world famous thanks to the social media platform, Instagram. “Penguin loves to cuddle in bed, give kisses and play catch with a sock” says the Bloom family. And her own Instagram account, Penguin provides regular updates on her life as a family pet. It just goes to show a well-loved family pet doesn’t always have four legs and fur.
It is the climax of the biggest dog show in the world and the Best in Show prize went to Knopa, the Scottish Terrier. Five year old Knop was the first of his breed to win the prestigious category, although this is not his first time winning at Crufts. In 2013, he won Best in Breed and this year returned to scoop the biggest prize of the competition.