Pet care for children

2017-03-14 06:04

LOOKING after a pet is a big responsibility.

A pet is not just a playmate for you. A pet needs lots of care and attention (as well as love) - just like you really - so you need to show the grown-ups in your home that you are willing to help look after your pet, as well as play with him/her.

Looking after your pet means you will need to help with:

•feeding

•cleaning (such as grooming, cleaning out the cage or cleaning out the tank)

•exercise

Caring for your Cat

A cat will need

•bed

•litter box

•bowls

•food

•brush or comb

•toys


Every year your cat should:

•visit the vet for a check up to make sure your cat is fit and healthy.

•have an injection (called a “vaccination”) to protect your cat from nasty diseases that would make your cat very poorly or even die.

The vet will usually give your cat this injection at the same time as the yearly check up.

•have his or her teeth checked regularly by the vet to make sure they are clean, strong and healthy.

Every month your cat should:

•be protected against fleas and worms. The vet can give your cat a special treatment that will stop your cat from catching fleas and worms. If your cat is not treated, the fleas can give your cat itchy skin and the worms can give your cat an upset tummy.

Every week your cat should:

•have his or her coat brushed to help keep it untangled.

Every day your cat should:

•be fed healthy food every day. The vet can tell you about the best food to feed your cat to help keep your cat fit and healthy and to keep your cat’s teeth and coat in good condition.

•have fresh water every day.

•to help stop your cat from getting lost, the vet can give your cat a special “tag” called a “microchip”. This is injected under your cat’s skin, at the back of the neck.
If your cat does get lost, the microchip will have your details on so that your cat can be returned to you.

•If your cat is ever unwell, or if you would like to know more about looking after your cat, your local vet who will be pleased to help you.

•Don’t forget to play with your cat and most of all, give your cat lots of love.

Caring for your dog

A dog will need:

•bed

•collar, lead and tag

•food bowls

•food

•brush and comb

•treats, bones and chews

•poop scoop and plastic bags

•toys

Every year your dog should:

•Visit the vet at least once for a check up to make sure your dog is fit and healthy.

•Once a year, have an injection (called a “vaccination”) to protect your dog from nasty diseases that would make your dog very poorly or even die. The vet will usually give your dog this injection at the same time as the check up.

•have his teeth checked to ensure they are clean, strong and healthy.

Every month your dog should:

•be protected against fleas and worms. The vet can give your dog a special treatment that will stop your dog from catching fleas and worms. If your dog is not treated, the fleas can give your dog itchy skin and the worms can give your dog an upset tummy.

Every week, your dog should:

•have his coat brushed. Some weeks your dog may need a bath so you may need a grown-up to help you with this.

Every day, your dog should:

•be fed healthy food. The vet can tell you about the best food to feed your dog to help keep your dog fit and healthy and to keep your dog’s teeth and coat in good condition.

•have fresh water.

•get plenty of exercise. A good walk together will be good exercise for you too, as well as being fun!

•to help stop your dog from getting lost, the vet can give your dog a special “tag” called a “microchip”. This is injected under your dog’s skin, at the back of the neck.

If your dog does get lost, the microchip will have your details on so that your dog can be returned to you.
By law, all dogs must also wear a collar with tag attached and you will need a grown-up to get this done for you.

•If your dog is ever unwell, or if you would like to know more about looking after your dog, contact your local­ vet who will be pleased to help you.

•Don’t forget to play with your dog and most of all, give your dog lots of love.

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