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Heavy Petting!

Heavy Petting!
With research indicating that half of Britain's pets are overweight, local veterinary surgery, Downslink, has been spurred into action and i…
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The Perfect Dog for a Family

The Perfect Dog for a Family
There is no reason why a dog cannot be a perfect member of the family. As well as the obvious benefits of ensuring that children and adults…
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Opening hours

Arthur Lodge (Horsham)
Monday to Friday - 8am to 7pm
Saturday to Sunday - 9am to 4.30pm

White Horse (Roffey)
Monday to Friday - 11am to 1pm

Downslink (Southwater)
Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5pm

Ash Barn (Ockley)
Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5pm

The Perfect Dog for a Family

There is no reason why a dog cannot be a perfect member of the family. As well as the obvious benefits of ensuring that children and adults can have regular exercise, they can also teach children care skills and develop a sense of responsibility by ensuring the dog is fed and groomed.

 

Perfect Family Dog

A family can also have a sense of protection by having the presence of a dog guarding their home.

However, there are certain breeds that make better family pets than others. Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Poodles and Irish Setters all have great temperaments and are equally happy lounging at home or having a ramble through the woods. They are also extremely tolerant towards the playfulness of young children, for example, being dressed up in sunglasses and hats. For slightly older children, Corgis or Highland Terriers make great companions.

 

If a puppy is being brought into the household, it is just as important for the children to be trained as well as the dog. Puppy classes are always good for the whole family to attend, so that the dog can learn to sit, stay or come and the children can also learn the commands.

Just like humans, there are times when a dog will just want to be left alone and they will display 'don't approach' signals, for example, growling or backing away, so it is important to learn when to keep away. A dog should also be left alone when it is sleeping or eating.

Dogs can even provide a health benefit to the whole family. It is thought that pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-pet owners. What's more, pets can aid in the recovery of certain conditions such as a heart attack.

Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery
17 Brighton Road, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 5BE
Tel: 01403 252964

Downs Link Veterinary Surgery
16 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road
Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex
RH13 9LA, Tel: 01403 732219

Ash Barn Veterinary Surgery
Unit 5, Ockley Court Farm
Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5LS
Tel: 01306 713177

White Horse Veterinary Surgery
226 Crawley Road, Roffey
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4HE
Tel: 01403 249902