The Keys to Better Care

We need to provide for our pets, by law. The Animal Welfare Acts 2006 (2011 in Northern Ireland) means that all owners need to provide for the Five Welfare Needs of their pets to keep them healthy and happy. These Five Welfare Needs cover Behaviour, Companionship, Diet, Environment and Health. 

Behaviour - Your pet should be able to show normal behaviour patterns.

Companionship - Some pets like to live with other animals, some don't.

Diet - Make sure your pets are fed a suitable diet for their age, breed and health.

Environment - Make sure your pet has a suitable place to live

Health - Ensure your pets are in good health and seek veterinary advice if they become ill.

Find out how you can provide these 5 welfare needs for your pet below:

Puppy and dog behaviour

The secrets of socialisation in their first few weeks, the best way to train them – and keeping their tails wagging with toys and regular exercise.

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Puppy and dog companionship

Why do dogs need lots of friends? How long is it safe to leave a dog alone for? Should you leave your dog with a trusted friend or take them on holiday?

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Puppy and dog diet

Is commercial food or home-made best? How often should I feed my pup? Why are treats bad? Why dogs don’t always need the same amount of food. How to check if your pooch is porky.

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Puppy and dog health

From registering to microchipping, vaccinating to worming and neutering to grooming – all you need to know to keep your four-legged friend in fine fettle.

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Puppy and dog environment

Where to put a dog’s bed. How to get them used to car travel. Clearing up after your dog.

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Kitten and cat behaviour

The secrets of socialisation in their first few weeks. Why scratching is normal and important. How to keep them playful and purring with fun toys.

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Kitten and cat companionship

Why don’t cats need lots of friends? What stresses out cats?How to keep your cat safe when you go on holiday.

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Kitten and cat diet

Is commercial food or home-made best? How often should I feed my kitten? Why are treats bad? Why cats don’t always need the same amount of food. How to check if your kitty is a bit piggy.

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Kitten and cat health

From registering to microchipping, vaccinating to worming and neutering to grooming – all you need to know to keep your four-legged friend in fine fettle.

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Rabbit behaviour

How to prevent bunny boredom with a living space where they can dig, run and play every day. How to train your rabbit to use a litter tray.

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Kitten and cat environment

Why cats need lots of hiding places. What’s the best type of litter tray? Poisons and hazards to keep safe so that curiosity doesn’t come to a proverbial end.

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Rabbit companionship

Why does a rabbit need a companion? What rabbits should you keep together? How should I care for my rabbit when I’m on holiday?

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Rabbit diet

What’s the ideal mix of food for a rabbit? What greens are safe and which ones should I avoid? Can I give my rabbit fruit or treats? Why do my rabbits eat their own droppings?

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Rabbit health

From vaccinating to neutering and grooming – all you need to know to keep your bunny in bonnie health.

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Rabbit environment

What should my rabbit hutch and run be like? How can I help my rabbit cope in summer and winter? What poisons and hazards should I keep safe from my furry friend.

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Small furries behaviour

How big should their cage be? Why do chinchillas and gerbils need a dust bath. How should I handle my hamster? Do they need a gnawing block? What sort of toys do they like?

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Small furries health

Vital signs to look out for every day to stop your pet getting poorly. Why do ferrets need vaccinating?

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Small furries companionship

Which small furries need a mate? Which ones don’t? Who should care for my pet when I go on holiday?

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Small furries diet

What vegetables are unsafe to eat? Why muesli-mixes cause pain. Why do guinea pigs eat their own droppings? How can I introduce new food?

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Small furries environment

How big should their enclosure be? What should be inside it? What happens in cold winters and hot summers? What is a gerbilarium? Which plants are poisonous?

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Budgerigars behaviour

How to prevent budgie boredom, why a bird bath is so important, and giving your budgie space to stretch its wings

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Budgerigars health

Vital signs to look out for every day to stop your budgie from getting poorly. What should you do if your budgie’s nails or beak becomes overgrown?

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Budgerigars companionship

Should your buddy have a buddy? How to tell if a budgie is male or female? Who should look after my budgie if I go on holiday?

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Budgerigars diet

Why do budgies need a bit of grit in their food? How do I stop my budgie from getting a bulge? How to get your budgie to change to eating pellets?

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Budgerigars environment

How much room does my budgie need to fly? How to let a budgie fly freely in your home and keep them safe.

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