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Dog info

Dogs are one of our most popular domestic pets. Most people acquire a dog out of choice, so if you make this decision you should think carefully before going ahead. A dog needs lots of love and care, including regular worming, vaccinations and dental care; you will also need to keep an eye out for ticks, fleas and ear mites. If your new puppy or dog hasn't been neutered you will also need to make arrangements for your pet to be neutered with your vet.

In the unlikely event that your dog goes missing it is going to be very difficult for anyone to know who it belongs to, unless your dog carries some form of permanent identification. It is wise to get your dog microchipped, this will avoid heartache in the long run, should your dog go missing or be stolen.

Dogs love human company and, unlike cats, love constant human contact. Don't forget that dogs need somewhere warm to sleep, a constant supply of water, feeding daily, toys to play with and regular exercise. It can cost up to £80 a month to care for a dog, including food, veterinary care and pet insurance; there will be other costs, including buying toys and kennel charges when you go on holiday.

Dogs can live up to 10 years old and longer, over this time your dog will expect lots of care, companionship, time for play and grooming. Being able to provide all of this will ensure you and your dog make the most of your time together.

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Cat info

Cats are now our most popular domestic pet. Some people acquire a cat almost by accident but if you make a conscious decision to get one you should think carefully before going ahead. A cat needs lots of love and care, including regular worming, vaccinations and dental care; you will also need to keep an eye out for ticks, fleas and ear mites. If your new kitten or cat hasn't been neutered you will also need to make arrangements for your pet to be neutered with your vet.

Cats are very independent and often go wandering over large distances, if your cat goes missing it is going to be very difficult for anyone to know who it belongs to, unless your cat carries some form of permanent identification. It is wise to get your cat microchipped, this will avoid heartache in the long run, should your cat go missing.

Don't forget that cats need somewhere warm to sleep, a litter tray, a constant supply of water, feeding daily and toys to play with. It costs approximately £25 a month to care for a cat, this includes food, litter, veterinary care and pet insurance; there will be other costs, including buying a litter tray and cattery charges when you go on holiday.

Cats can live up to 14 years old and longer, over this time your cat will expect lots of care, companionship, time for play and grooming. Being able to provide all of this will ensure you and your cat make the most of your time together.

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Other pets

Animals such as chinchillas, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats are popular domestic pets. If you decide to have one of these animals as a pet you should think carefully before going ahead. A pet needs lots of love and care, including regular veterinary treatment such as vaccinations and dental care.

Some pets enjoy human contact more than others, so you will need to choose your pet carefully. Don't forget that your pet will need somewhere warm to sleep, a constant supply of water, feeding daily, toys to play with and regular exercise. It can cost up to £25 a month to care for a small pet, including food, veterinary care and pet insurance; there will be other costs, including buying housing and toys; you will also need to consider who will look after your pet when you go on holiday.

Chinchillas can live up to 15 years old and older, rabbits up to 10-12 years old, guinea pigs up to 8 years old, and other small pets can live up to 2 or 3 years old. Over this time your pet will expect lots of care, companionship, time for play and grooming. Being able to provide all of this will ensure you and your pet make the most of your time together.

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