Regular worming (treatment available from the vet) keeps the dog healthy and the faeces free of the harmful roundworm eggs which, if left, can develop into larvae which cause the toxicara infection. Once in the human bloodstream, this can result in illness or even blindness, so it is of particular concern where children play on grassed areas.
Dogs (and cats) should be kept free of these parasites by regular application of flea treatment available from the vet. An animal with fleas suffers immense discomfort, not to mention serious illness if left untreated. The owner who overlooks preventative flea treatment can expect high vet bills, lengthy treatment of home and pet - and a few bites round the ankles!
Puppies require a course of vaccinations followed by an annual booster through adulthood to protect them from serious common illnesses. No reputable kennels will accept a pet for boarding without an up-to-date vaccination certificate signed by a vet.
Neutering is a routine operation, which prevents pets from producing young, and reduces some common behavioural problems in dogs. The vet can perform the operation on pets from six months of age onwards. Neutering prevents the birth of thousands of puppies each year for which there are not enough good homes to go round.
Collar and tag
Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, all dogs when out in a public place must wear a collar and tag with the name and address of the owner inscribed on it. Owners who fail to comply with this are liable for prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000.
Walks are more fun if your dog always comes back when called and doesn’t pull on the lead. The Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Schemes are a fun way to train your dog and learn how to keep it happy and healthy. Contact The Kennel Club.
Microchipping is permanent identification of pets by implanting a tiny chip bearing a unique number underneath the animal's skin at the back of the neck. Dog wardens, vets and animal rescue centres routinely scan dogs which come into their care with a special reader and, by checking the number against a central database, can swiftly connect lost pets with owners anywhere in the country. You could save yourself a large kennelling charge if your dog is picked up as a stray.
Should you wish to have your animal micro-chipped the Council's Dog Wardens can arrange this at a cost of £15.00 per animal. Contact the Council's dog warden service on 01255 686766 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
Every dog owner is responsible for his/her dog's behaviour at all times. Dogs should be kept under the control of a responsible adult and must not be allowed to stray onto the public highway. Control your dogs so that it does not scare or disturb farm animals or wildlife. Dogs should be exercised on leads where appropriate and should be muzzled where necessary. Young children should not be allowed to exercise dogs unsupervised. If your dog is travelling in a vehicle use a mesh wire cage, dog guard, harness or pet carrier.
- Don't let your dog bark or whine for long periods.
- Keep your dog indoors if it barks constantly when unattended or disturbed.
- If your dog still barks when indoors make arrangements to leave it with a neighbour or friend or get someone to call in - leave its favourite toy or put the radio on at very low volume.
- Move the kennel or erect a fence so that your dog is disturbed less often by passers-by. Attend a dog training class to retrain your dog and change his / her behaviour.
Control of Dogs
Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prohibits four types of dog:
- the Pit Bull Terrier type
- the Japanese tosa
- the Dogo Argentino
- the Fila Brasileiro
It is an offence to own or keep any of the above types of dog, unless it is on the Index of Exempted Dogs and is in compliance with the requirements. In any event it is an offence to breed from, sell or exchange (even as a gift) such a dog, irrespective of whether it has been placed on the Index of Exempted Dogs. For further information on the Dangerous Dogs Act and dogs that are banned in the UK please visit GOV.uk.
And remember - ALWAYS CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG