Pet’s Corner Q&A

My dog Freddy has a pet passport and I’ll be taking him to France for our summer holidays. Does he need vaccinations before we go?

Holidaying with our pets sounds exciting, although it’s important to consider whether travelling abroad is the best thing for them, as they can find long journeys stressful and sudden changes in the temperature uncomfortable.

Arranging for Freddy to stay at home with a pet sitter or a friend could be a better option.

However, here is the travel information you need.

Dogs travelling under the Pet Travel Scheme must be microchipped and have a rabies vaccination at least 21 days before you go.

You will also need to visit your vets at least three weeks before you travel as they can advise you on any preventive medication that’s required for travelling to your destination.

Before you return to the UK, Freddy must be treated for tapeworm by a vet and have his passport signed.

For further information on taking your pet abroad, visit

My cat returned home with a cut on her leg recently, but it seems to be healing and she isn’t limping. Do I need to take her to the vet?

You need to get your cat checked over by your vet as soon as you can, as untreated cuts and bites can lead to infection.

It may also be causing her pain even if she isn’t limping.

It’s always better for an injured pet to receive treatment earlier rather than later.

Get your cat checked  by your vet as untreated cuts and bites can lead to infection Picture: Pixabay /yairventuraf

Once your vet has checked the wound, you can keep it clean with a weak salt solution.

Use a teaspoon of salt in a pint of lukewarm water that has been previously boiled but allowed to cool, dip a piece of cotton wool in to the solution, and squeeze it above the wound to flush it.

Allow the wound to dry naturally if possible and stop your cat from licking the wound, as this can introduce infection.

We have recently bought a puppy, Pebbles. He comes home to us next week. I have two small children. What do I need to think about when introducing them for the first time? They are very excited!

When introducing Pebbles to his new home and family, it’s important to take things slowly.

At first let Pebbles get used to your home while the children are out.

Then, before introducing Pebbles, sit the children down.

Explain that Pebbles has left his (doggy) mummy and may feel a bit worried.

When introducing Pebbles to his new home and family, it’s important to take things slowly Picture: Pixabay/lindsrw

Explain he needs them to be calm and gentle when they meet him. Once everyone is settled you can introduce Pebbles.

The children can reward Pebbles’ good, calm behaviour by placing some treats on the floor for him to find.

If Pebbles or the children get over excited or worried, take Pebbles away to a safe space to relax and try again later.

Remember — never leave your children unattended with Pebbles.

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