To celebrate National Pet Month (Apr 1 - May 2), pet healthcare experts Bob Martin Vetcare online is offering Yours readers an exclusive 10 per cent off pet medicines, food, grooming, hygiene products, vitamin supplements and treats for your furry friend.
To get the saving, simply stock on your dog or cat's goodies on the Bob Martin Vetcare website, and enter BMVCYOUR10 at the checkout until April 24, 2016.
Bob Martin's vet, Caroline Marsden, has put together these 8 top tips to help you be a responsible pet owner:
- Commitment – Pets are a full time, long-term commitment. They require time, energy and money. Making sure you always have time for them, and giving them the interaction and stimulation they need is important for their mental state. Interactive toys are a great and easy way to stimulate your pet.
- Vaccinations – Being able to protect your pet against diseases is vital. Puppies are typically vaccinated at eight and 10 weeks and kittens at nine and 12 weeks. Bunnies and other pets also need to be vaccinated. You should always check with a vet to be sure you have fully protected your pet. If you can't visit your regular vet try the Bob Martin Ask a Vet service to speak to a professional over the phone.
- Microchipping – Microchips are a great way to make sure your pet is protected should they get lost. It's now a legal requirement for all dogs over the age of eight weeks to have a microchip. All vets and some charities are able to microchip pets. Vets are also able to microchip smaller animals such as tortoises and birds.
- Neutering – This is strongly advised for all pets; it prevents a lot of health problems as well as stopping unwanted pregnancies which can be expensive and time consuming. It can prevent health problems such as uterine infections, prostatic problems and certain types of cancer. Male dogs can be neutered from six months of age, whilst female dogs can be neutered from six months of age providing it is before their first season, or two to three months after a season.
- Regular health checks – Cats and dogs should be wormed at least three times a year and smaller pets such as rabbits need regular worming too. Try Bob Martin Clear Wormer and, if using tablets, wrapping them in a treat such as chicken or cheese always helps. With flea infestations, prevention is always easier than cure. Fleas are easy to get rid of, but if they are left on your pet it can cause skin irritation. The Bob Martin Clear product range makes it easy to eliminate fleas and prevent recurrence for a healthier pet as well as ensuring a hygienic home.
- Social life – Animals that have been exposed to social situations when young are less likely to develop behavioural problems. It's important that when walking dogs, they have basic obedience training and will come back when called. Puppy training classes are a great way for your pup to meet lots of other dogs and people; it also provides basic training at the same time.
- Keeping fit – Most dogs should be walked at least once a day. This gives them exercise and is also important for mental stimulation. Cats also need a level of exercise; outdoor cats generally get enough when roaming, however indoor cats need a little help. Try interactive toys they can play with or even chasing them up and down the stairs to get their heart rate up!
- Diet matters – When choosing food for your pet it is important to pick a trusted brand that can guarantee quality. Try Bob Martin's Simply range of vet-approved adult dog food specially formulated with essential vitamins and minerals to help achieve a balanced diet and keep your dog lean and healthy. It’s also important to prevent plaque and tartar build up which can cause gum disease in dogs. Bob Martin Simply Dental treats are an easy way to lower this risk keeping your dog's teeth fresh and clean.
- There are more money-saving tips in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.