Caring for your pet

Responsible pet ownership means understanding what your pet needs and also being aware of what your responsibilities are to the community. Below you’ll find some simple and easy tips to take care of your new best friend.

Easy steps

RSPCA tips for pet care

  • Learn about your pet's specific physical and mental needs – including behaviour, diet, health, environment and housing and general care.
  • Provide appropriate and comfortable housing and shelter.
  • Provide appropriate nutrition and access to clean drinking water.
  • Exercise your pet regularly, according to their needs.
  • Provide an interesting and stimulating environment with plenty of choice and enrichment to promote wellbeing and prevent stress and boredom.
  • Train your pet using kindness and reward-based training – check out the RSPCA’s training videos and book.
  • Provide socialisation, as appropriate for your pet.
  • Take your pet to a vet promptly whenever health or behaviour problems arise and ensure preventative health care is provided.
  • Provide your pet with the grooming appropriate to their needs on a regular basis.
  • Ensure pet cats and dogs are microchipped and talk to your vet about desexing.
  • Teach your family, friends and children how to interact safely, appropriately and kindly with your pet.
  • Arrange suitable care for your pet whilst on holidays, such as pet-sitting or boarding.
  • Check pet registration requirements for your area.
  • Provide your pet with love and attention and commit to caring for them for their entire life.

Training video

Watch veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren’s simple tips to help your adopted dog settle in to their new home. Remember, it's a big step for you and your dog! The key is patience and lots of TLC.

If you have an anxious dog, Dr Katrina also has advice on helping your pet to feel comfortable when they’re on their own – watch here

Training video

Watch veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren’s top tips on avoiding unwanted behaviour. Providing your dog with activities to keep their body and mind occupied will make all the difference.

If you have an anxious dog, Dr Katrina also has advice on helping your pet to feel comfortable when they’re on their own – watch here

Caring for your pet

RSPCA Guide to understanding & training your dog

This RSPCA training book will help you to live in harmony with your dog. It teaches consistent, rewards-based training to strengthen the bond between you and your dog and help them live a happy and fulfilling life. Covering a wide range of topics such as puppy training, establishing rules and teaching manners, environmental enrichment and solutions to common problems, it is comprehensive but written in a clear, easy to understand manner. Give your dog the chance to be their best by using this RSPCA guide to not only help you understand your dog, but to help your dog understand you.

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Caring for your pet

RSPCA Guide to safe and happy cats

The RSPCA has produced the Safe and Happy Cat Guide, which has plenty of helpful information on what you need to provide for your cat inside, and how you can even offer your cat safe access to fresh air and the outdoors.

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Caring for your pet
Caring for your pet

RSPCA Knowledgebase

The RSPCA Knowledgebase has the latest information for answering your animal welfare questions, including tips and tricks on taking care of your pet.

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