Dog health and welfare
Did you know that dogs have similar pain thresholds to humans? Here are our top tips for keeping your dog healthy and safe from harm.
Ensure your dog is protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease
Helping your dog stay healthy
- Dogs are vulnerable to a range of infectious diseases and other illnesses. Check your dog for signs of injury or illness every day.
- Individual dogs show pain and suffering in different ways. Changes in the way your dog behaves could be an early sign of illness or pain. If you suspect that your dog is suffering, consult a vet immediately.
- Only use medicines that have been prescribed for your individual dog and never use human medicines. Certain everyday items that can be found in most homes are poisonous to dogs, so keep these well out of reach.
- As they get older, your dog may need more rest, a specialist diet and a cosy bed kept away from visitors and draughts to keep them comfortable and healthy.
- Check your dog’s teeth regularly for plaque or infection and visit your vet if you’re worried. You can buy special dog toothbrushes and paste to help keep their teeth and gums healthy.
- Take your dog for yearly health checks. Ask your vet for advice about vaccinations and parasite treatments (e.g. fleas and worms). Many vets provide health care packages that work alongside your pet insurance to help manage the costs of check-ups and preventative treatments. Ask your vet if they offer a health care scheme.
- You should get your dog neutered, unless you intend to breed them and are able to care for both parents and offspring. (If this is the case, check with your vet that their health and disposition make them suitable for breeding.)
- Make sure your dog can be identified both on their collar and by microchip (both are now required by law), so that they can be returned to you quickly if they become lost.
- Ensure your dog’s coat is kept in good condition with regular grooming.