Know Your Pet

In this section you will find tips and advice to help you when choosing a pet, or if you already have one, it will help to keep you informed on the correct care and any special needs that your pet requires. All information on these pages are provided by the RSPCA. For seasonal advice or any other help you may need please visit the  RSPCA website at where you will find more advice and contact details.

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Under the new Animal Welfare Act, which came into force at the end of March 2007, anyone who is responsible for a pet has a legal responsibility to meet the five basic welfare needs of pets. These are:

Pet care - Know your pet a proper diet, including fresh water
Pet care - Know your pet somewhere suitable to live
Pet care - Know your pet any need to be housed with or apart from, other animals
Pet care - Know your pet allowing animals to express normal behaviour
Pet care - Know your pet protect from and treatment of, illness and injury.

Use the links on the left to get advice on specific animals and their care