Whether you are new to feline ownership or you have had cats for some time before, becoming a parent to a kitty is always a learning curve! Think you know everything there is to know about cats? Think again! Here are some mind-blowing facts about the nation’s favorite pet.

Many canine owners are surprised when they find out that tooth brushing is an essential part of their pet’s care. While you can take your pooch to our veterinary dentist for a high-grade clean, this type of clean should only be performed once or twice a year. This is because professional cleans are usually performed while your dog is under a general anesthetic. This means that she is completely unconscious, and so our veterinary dentist will have full access to her mouth and will not need to worry about her moving around or closing her jaws during the clean. However, the use of general anesthetic, which does increase the safety of the procedure, means that professional cleans can only be done occasionally.

When it comes to parasite infestations, fleas are among the most notorious and dreaded of them all, particularly as once your pet has contracted them, they quickly and silently make themselves comfortable in your home and are happy to munch on any blood source that come nearby – animal or human. Once they are in your home, it will take more than just a quick vacuum to get rid of them for good.

When you choose to take on a new pet, you are probably expecting them to experience a parasite problem. Indeed, most cats and dogs will have at least one episode of fleas and one tick bite during their lifetime. However, while parasite infections may be a common part of pet ownership, they don’t have to be. Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine and care, there are now more ways to protect your pet from fleas and ticks than ever before.

Dogs and walks go together like strawberries and cream, and if you sign up to canine ownership, you most certainly need to be prepared to spend a great deal of time on your feet. Exercise is very important for these four-legged bundles of energy, and most owners find that they take their dogs on at least two short walks a day for them to ‘do their business’, as well as much longer hikes at weekends. Regardless of where and how far you are taking your canine companion, learning to walk nicely on a leash is an extremely important skill.

Congratulations on making the decision to adopt a pet! There are millions of animals living in shelters across the country just waiting for loving homes, and your adoption will give a pet the chance at a fantastic new life. A new pet is also a great addition to any home, providing fun, love and companionship. Although getting a new pet is an extremely rewarding experience, it is also a huge change for the animal that you are adopting. Depending on her prior circumstances, she may be coming from a shelter packed with dozens or hundreds of other animals. Alternatively, she may be coming from another home where she is familiar with the sights, sounds and people/animals that she comes into contact with.