Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is taking the chance to spotlight to potential canine house owners the duties of being a accountable canine proprietor.
With the Christmas season approaching, many individuals could also be contemplating shopping for a canine as a present for the household. This is usually a nice expertise and result in an extended and completely satisfied friendship between the canine and its new household.
Nevertheless, it additionally brings with it many extra duties, which needs to be thought-about earlier than making the acquisition.
All canines have to be walked every single day, whatever the climate. This helps to stop them from changing into bored and being damaging in the home or barking an excessive amount of, which might disturb neighbours. Train can be necessary to make sure the canine is wholesome.
Being a accountable canine proprietor additionally means it’s worthwhile to clear up after your canine. It is very important bear in mind to at all times carry poo baggage to carry canine foul when you’re out strolling and in your backyard.
Canines are additionally an ongoing monetary dedication when it comes to acquiring a canine licence, shopping for meals, grooming and veterinary checks, which may quantity to important sums.
If you’re able to tackle these extra duties and resolve to buy a canine, bear in mind the PAWS For Thought marketing campaign.
It is a multi-agency marketing campaign between councils, the Division of Agriculture, Surroundings and Rural Affairs and the PSNI to make sure persons are shopping for canines from registered canine breeders.
The Council recommends warning when viewing on-line ads. Potential canine house owners ought to be capable of go to the breeder’s premises and see the mom with the puppies.
This implies you possibly can see at first hand that the puppies are from a wholesome and secure place. It is usually really useful that you just purchase a pet that’s a minimum of eight weeks outdated or extra, and that you just ask for the veterinary information and particulars of any preliminary vaccinations.
The Council would strongly urge potential canine house owners to think about giving a house to a rescue canine from one in all its accomplice rehoming centres – Brilliant Eyes Animal Sanctuary in Ballinamallard, and Grovehill Animal Belief in Omagh, or from the Canines Belief.
When you have got bought your new canine, it’s worthwhile to guarantee it’s microchipped and licensed. Canine licences will be bought on-line at www.fermanaghomagh.com, or by contacting 0300 303 1777.
If you’re certain it is possible for you to to fulfil the duties of being a accountable canine proprietor, then you should have a companion for all times.