Advice for pet owners
There’s a wealth of information available for animal owners so it can be difficult to identify trusted sources. You should always talk to your own veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse for advice.
We do recommend the following online resources for general tips and advice on caring for a pet:
Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), also produces helpful leaflets for animal owners on a wide range of issues and species including a
guide on what makes pets happy
. Animal care guides for specific species include:
Microchipping your pet
Microchipping plays a key role in keeping pets safe, and allowing stray animals to be quickly reunited with their owners. It is important that you get your microchip from a trustworthy source,
linked with a UK database, and that it is implanted by a trained veterinary professional. You also need to keep your details up to date if you change numbers or move house.
We have some general information on
microchipping your dog but would always recommend you speak to your local vet for more advice.
Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem for animal and human health. Just as it is essential for humans to use medicines correctly and responsibly to protect their own health, it is very important that medicines are used responsibly in animals.
antibiotic resistance – your role as a pet owner (93 KB PDF) explains the ways in which you can reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance by using medicines responsibly:
Buying medicines for your pet or animal
Veterinary medicines are available with a prescription from veterinary practices and pharmacies. Our leaflet on
explaining veterinary medicines (97 KB PDF)
provides information to ensure you buy medicines safely for your animal.
Overcoming the loss of a pet
AWF has produced a leaflet to help owners prepare for the euthanasia of a loved pet.
Saying Goodbye will tell you everything you need to know about euthanasia – the act of putting your animal to sleep – so that you know what to expect and the choices that you will have.
The Blue Cross runs a
Freephone Pet Bereavement Support Service enabling people to share the loss with people who understand to provide help at a difficult time.
Taking your pet abroad
There are strict rules governing the way people travel with their pets across Europe and beyond. Talk to your veterinary surgeon as early as possible to ensure you have enough time to comply with the rules before you leave the UK. You can read more about pet travel rules on the
UK government’s website.
AWF has produced a useful guide to
taking your pets abroad, including advice on how to prevent common diseases transmitted by insects and ticks, a pre-travel checklist, and a guide to the Pet Travel Scheme.