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FAQs

Questions about Dogs

How much food do I feed my dog?

Every dog food has different ingredients and a different typical analysis; because of this the amount of food needed varies from food to food. All of the foods we stock have a feeding guideline on the bag. Please remember that this is only a guideline and like ourselves dogs come in all shapes and sizes so please weigh your dog for a more accurate guide.

How often do I need to worm/flea my dog?

An adult dog should be wormed every three months to keep worms at bay. Most puppies are born with worms so they need to be wormed every 2 weeks until they are 6 months old. After this they can be done every month until they are adults.
Flea treatments vary from brand to brand but all of the treatments we sell in Petworld require reapplication every 4 weeks. These are preventative treatments so if your dog has fleas it is more effective to treat the dog with an insecticidal shampoo first to kill off any flea that may be living on the dog.

How often can I wash my dog?

It is recommended that you wash a dog with normal skin no more than once a month. Only use dog shampoos as human shampoos can dry out a dog’s sensitive skin. You can use dog deodorisers between baths to keep your dog smelling fresh and clean.

What’s the best food for my puppy?

A premium quality dry dog food is the best thing you can give your puppy. Most dry foods can be started from 4 weeks of age, you may soften the food with a bit of lukewarm water if your dog is finding it very hard to break up. Feeding dry food over a wet/canned food is better for your puppy as it helps with their teeth, digestion, coat, smell and also a lot cleaner for you to feed and clean up after.

How do I stop my dog pulling?

There are a few different tools in training your dog to stop pulling when out for a walk. There are anti-pull harnesses and also Halti head collars for sale, these are training tools and should be used to teach a dog not to pull rather than punish him for pulling. Any training takes time and patience so stick with it and you will reap the benefits of a well behaved dog.

At what age can I get my dog Neutered/Spayed?

Vets advise waiting until puberty hits, at about six months, to neuter your male dog. Talk to your veterinarian about what's best for your dog.
The customary age for spaying a female dog is approximately 5-7 months preferably before the first heat cycle.

Questions about Cats

At what age can I get my cat Neutered/Spayed?

The rule is to spay/neuter before your cat reaches sexual maturity. In fact, some in the Veterinary now support early spay and neuter for cats as early as 8-16 weeks of age. Consult your vet concerning your cat, but remember to have the cat altered before the sexual maturity (usually before the age of 5-6 months).

Questions about Fish & Aquatic

How often so I need to clean my fish tank?

In a new aquarium you will need to do 10-20% water change every week. Any new water to go into the aquarium should be treated with a dechlorinator first before being put into the tank. After 4-5 months you should be able to reduce the water changes to once every two weeks depending on how many fish and what types (some fish are very messy eaters and require extra cleaning)

How often and how much should I feed my fish?

One of the biggest reasons for fish dying is over feeding. You should feed your fish once every two days or once a day for busier aquariums. Fish only need a small amount of food; their stomach is about the size of one of their eyes. The food should be eaten within 3 minutes; if there is food left in the aquarium after 3 minutes you should scoop it out with a net and reduce the amount you’re feeding for the next time.

How many fish can I put in my tank?

The amount of fish that you can put in your tank varies on the variety of fish and also the filtration you have on the aquarium. For goldfish if you have a filter, a rule of thumb is 5 liters per inch of fish i.e. you can put 3 two inch goldfish in a 30 liter aquarium. For tropical fish it is a lot more difficult as some of the fish stay small and do not create much waste. If you let a staff member know how big your tank is and what type of fish you are keeping, they will be able to advise how many would be a suitable number for your tropical aquarium.

Does a fish only grow to the size of its surroundings?

Most of the time a fish will probably die before they physically outgrow its surroundings. It will grow too large for the aquarium in the fact that it can not swim freely, turn freely and also that it will be producing too much waste for that aquarium to handle.

Questions about Small Pets

What fresh fruit and veg can I give my rabbit?

Rabbits should be offered fresh vegetables two or three times a week along with their rabbit food. Fruit and veg such as carrots, broccoli, apples along with clover and dandelions can be fed. Foods that are to wet such as iceberg lettuce should be avoided as they can cause digestive problems. Hay is one of the most important things for your rabbit’s digestion and this should be on offer at all times.

Do I need to get my rabbit vaccinated?

At Petworld we would recommend a visit to your vet at least once a year. During this check up it would be recommended to get a vaccine shot for your rabbit to prevent it from diseases such as viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) and myxomatosis.

How often do I need to clean out my hamster's cage?

Hamster cages should be cleaned at least once a week. The bedding should be disposed of and new bedding placed in the cage.

Questions about Reptiles

Can turtles live in a bowl?

No, turtles need UV light over their aquarium so a bowl will not be a good habitat for them. As they are originally from warmer climates than ours you will also need a heater in your aquarium. They will also need a floating dock or some way that they can come out of the water and bask under the UV light.

General Questions

My pet doesn’t seem well what should I do?

If you are at all concerned about your pet’s health please contact your local Vet for advice. They will be able to let you know if you pet requires any treatment or an appointment.

Do you sell cats or dogs?

Dogs and Cats are not sold in any of our Petworld stores. We do however hold re-homing and adoption days in some of our stores where you can meet up with different re-homing organisations and their animals and proceed with adoption from there. At Petworld we promote re-homing rather than buying from a breeder as there is so many dogs and cats in shelters that are in need of a nice loving home.

How old do I need to be to purchase a pet from you?

You must be at least 18 years old to purchase a pet from Petworld. The welfare of the pets is our priority and we reserve the right to refuse the sale of a pet where we feel it is not in the pets best interests.

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