Vaccinate
Dogs should follow a strict schedule of vaccinations to prevent diseases. Keep your dog up to date on his vaccinations, following the schedule recommended by your vet. Keep a copy of your dog’s vaccination records in a safe place.

Fleas and worms
Aside from discomfort, parasites such as fleas and worms can cause serious diseases. Keep your dog, his bedding and your home free from fleas by using the method recommended by your veterinarian. Worm your dog every three months, especially if you have young children in your home. Flea and wormer treatments supplied by pet shops are not as effective as those supplied by vets. Flea and worm treatments can be bought over the counter from vets, it is not necessary for your dog to have a consultation for you to purchase them.

Micro-chipping & tagging
All Dogs in Distress dogs are micro-chipped before being homed. If a micro-chipped dog is lost a scanning device can be used to scan the microchip so that the dog’s owner can be identified. Generally vets, dog pounds and animal rescue groups have microchip scanners. As part of our homing process DID registers the adopters details on an online microchip database. For more information on micro-chipping visit www.fido.ie

Dogs should always wear identification tags on their collars. Tags can help to quickly reunite owners with lost dogs as most people don’t have easy access to micro-chip scanners or may be unaware such a thing exists.

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