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November 2016

The start of summer is just around the corner and it is only six weeks until Christmas!

If you considering welcoming a cat or dog to the family this festive season now is the time to start planning to make sure you are prepared and ready. It is important to know all your responsibilities as a pet owner before you choose a new furry friend. Remember, pets must be microchipped and registered. Desexing your new pet will also ensure you don’t have any unexpected additions to the family down the track. Setting up a pet profile on the new NSW Pet Registry, now also makes it easier than ever to keep your pets details up-to-date.

 A new puppy or kitten is a lot of fun and very cute but also comes with a lot of responsibilities. Our Council Rangers ask you to visit your vet for advice. Regular visits to the veterinarian will make sure your new pet is in tip-top health and is up-to-date with vaccinations. A good veterinarian can be a great source of information and guidance in all areas of your pet’s life. It is also important to take the time to socialise your pet properly, particularly during early months when training and interaction with your pet will set up good lifelong habits. Remember the average life span of a dog is 10-13 years and of a cat is 15 years so getting a pet is a long term commitment. Investing the time when your pet is young or new to your family will help them to be a fun, friendly and loving member of the family. 

As the weather warms up it is really important to make sure your pets have access to shade and plenty of fresh, clean water. Heat stroke is a very serious condition and if suffering from heat stroke, your pet needs to be checked by a veterinarian immediately. Emergency treatment is aimed at bringing the body temperature down at a steady rate; spray cool water onto your dog’s body and use a fan. Don't use ice or ice-cold water as this may cool your dog down too rapidly, causing shock and other complications.

Never leave your pet in a parked vehicle it is not only unsafe but also illegal. Your car can get hot enough to cause death even when the windows are down or the car is in the shade. Also remember not to drive with your dog in the tray of the ute, if they are going to be exposed to extreme weather conditions. Ute trays can get very hot in the sun and dogs can burn their footpads so please take precautions to protect your pet.

For more information about caring for your pet visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/animals