Dogs are one of the most popular domestic pets in the UK - no surprise there.
At Hillside Vets we have tried to provide you with helpful, informative guidance sheets on everything to do with your dog. Dogs like all other animals can’t tell us when something is wrong, so we hope these sheets will help you if you are uncertain about something. There are many different breeds of dog and each breed can have its own peculiarities; we are here to help and advise you.
We always recommend that when you get a lovely new puppy you book on to one of our puppy parties. These are huge amounts of fun for everyone (including us!) and a great place for socialisation for your new pup. We will also give you top tips to ensure you and your new puppy are best set up for a healthy and happy life together.
The type and breed of dog you choose is likely to have a big influence on the care it needs, so it's important to make sure that your dog is suitable for your lifestyle. We are always more than happy to discuss breeds and suitability with you before you even consider buying your puppy - just ask to speak to one of our qualified veterinary nurses.
Did you know that all dogs must wear a collar and tag?
In the UK, the Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that 'any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.' Your telephone number is optional but we do recommend this.
You do not have to put your dog's name on the tag. Unfortunately dog stealing does occur and it can help if it appears that your dog responds to their name when being sold on to unsuspecting new owners.
You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.
Changes in the law in April 2016 also mean that ALL dogs must be micro-chipped. Find out more here.
As always, these guidance sheets are for information purposes and you should always seek veterinary advice if you are at all concerned about your dog.
Our guidance sheets are continually being added to, so please re-visit this page regularly for up-dates.