Premium-quality dry food provides a well-balanced diet for adult dogs and may be mixed with water, broth or canned food. Puppies should be fed a high-quality, brand-name puppy food (large breed puppy foods for large breeds). Please limit “people food,” however, because it can result in very picky eating habits and obesity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times, and be sure to wash food and water dishes frequently.
Dogs need exercise to burn calories, stimulate their minds, and stay healthy. Individual exercise needs vary based on breed or breed mix, sex, age and level of health. Exercise also tends to help dogs avoid boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviours. Supervised fun and games will satisfy many of your pet’s instinctual urges to dig, herd, chew, retrieve and chase.
Help keep your dog clean and reduce shedding with frequent brushing. Check for fleas and ticks daily during warm weather. Most dogs don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Before bathing, comb or cut out all mats from the coat. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat or the dirt will stick to soap residue.
To carry a puppy or small dog, place one hand under the dog’s chest, with either your forearm or other hand supporting the hind legs and rump. Never attempt to lift or grab your puppy or small dog by the forelegs, tail or back of the neck. If you do have to lift a large dog, lift from the underside, supporting his chest with one arm and his rear end with the other.
Your pet needs a warm, quiet place to rest, away from all drafts and off the floor. A dog bed is ideal, with a clean blanket or pillow placed inside. Wash the dog’s bedding often. If your dog will be spending a lot of time outdoors, be sure s/he has access to shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather, and a warm, dry, covered shelter when it’s cold.
Having an ID tag on your dogs collar and microchip, can help secure your dog’s return should s/he become lost.
Fleas and Ticks
Daily inspections of your dog for fleas and ticks during the warm seasons are important. Use a flea comb to find and remove fleas. There are several new methods of flea and tick control. Speak to your veterinarian about these and other options.
Medicines and Poisons
Never give your dog medication that has not been prescribed by a veterinarian. If you suspect that your animal has ingested a poisonous substance, call your us on our 27/7 contact number 021 911 1191.
Spaying and Neutering
Female dogs should be spayed and male dogs neutered by six months of age. Sterilizing your pet will have a good impact on your pets health and behaviour.
Your dog will benefit from receiving a number of vaccinations. Puppies should be vaccinated at 6weeks, 8week, 12 weeks and 16weeks of age. There after annual vaccinations are needed. Please note that by law your dog needs to be vaccinated for rabies as South Africa is a rabies hot spot.
Keep your dog on a leash when you are outside, unless you are in a secured, fenced-in area. If your dog defecates on a neighbour’s lawn, the sidewalk or any other public place, please clean it up.
Dog Supply Checklist
- Premium-quality dog food and treats
- Food dish
- Water bowl
- Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
- Brush & comb for grooming, including flea comb
- Collar with ID tag as well as have your dog microchipped at your vet
- Carrier (for smaller dogs)
- Dog bed or box with warm blanket or towel
- Dog toothbrush with pet friendly tooth paste