Entries by Kilkenny SPCA

Caring for your cat

Looking after a cat is at the same time a privilege and a responsibility. We owe it to our cats to provide them with the best possible care. Hopefully you’ll find some useful advice in this leaflet on how to look after your cat even better. The minimum standard for the welfare of any animal […]

You are a responsible dog owner

Dogs can enrich our lives in numerous ways, especially as companions and healers. In return, we must provide them with all the care they deserve. This, however, requires time and costs. The minimum standard for the welfare of any animal is summarised by the 5 freedoms*: Freedom from hunger and thirst Freedom from discomfort Freedom […]

Caring For Your Chinchilla

With its exceptionally soft fur, big eyes, and curious ears, a chinchilla is an endearing rodent originating from the high Andes of South America .  They have been trapped to near extinction in the wild and were first introduced to Europe for fur farming an d ha ve recently become a pet in some households […]

Caring for your Exotic Pet

The novelty of exotic pets is undeniable. These wild animals delight and fascinate u s, coming in all shapes, sizes and species . A n exotic pet is any small animal that is not a cat or a dog . The focus here will be exclusively on reptiles, particularly beard ed dragons , iguanas, snakes […]

Caring for your Bird

Birds come in hundreds of species, only some of which are suitable for being kept in captivity. When decidi ng to acquire a bird, you need to choose one that will thrive in the conditions you are able to offer. Buy the biggest cage you can afford, considering that your bird needs to be able […]

Caring for Horses and Ponies

Ponies and horses can make wonderful, lifelong companions . Before deciding to acquire one, it’s advisable to dedicate plenty of thought to whether you are prepared to make the time and financial commitment which comes hoof in hoof with keeping them! Where will I keep my horse or pony? AT GRASS This is cheaper than […]

Caring For Your Rabbit

The minimum standard for the welfare of any animal is summarised by Freedom from hunger and thirst Freedom from discomfort Freedom from pain, injury and disease Freedom to express normal behaviour Freedom from fear and distress Accordingly, your rabbit will need: Appropriate food Drip water bottle Comfortable shelter Companionship Neutering, where necessary Toys for play […]

Caring For Your Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are friendly social creatures. he don’t normall bite or scratch and given enough space and attention they will give great entertainment with their antics. They have their specific requirements, so before you decide to acquire a guinea pig as a pet, make sure you are ready for the commitment . The basic needs […]

2016 Calendars now on sale!

Our 2016 Calendars are now on sale at the following outlets and make great Christmas stocking fillers – Just €8! – Price Buster, Ciillin Hill, Kilkenny – ElectroCity, Dublin Rd, Kilkenny – Abbeyside Vets, Kilkenny – Village Vets, Kells Rd, Kilkenny – Archersfields Vets, Kilkenny – Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny – Credit Union, Castlecomer Co. […]

You and your dog

Here are a few suggestions to ensure you develop the right kind of relationship with your dog and get things off to a good start. A dog is a pack animal and regards everyone in the home as part of the pack, animals and humans alike, so it is important that your new pet learns […]

The importance of worming your dog regularly

As a responsible dog owner, it is important for you to worm your dog regularly.  Here are some of the things for you to consider:   *       All dogs at some point during their life have worms.  Most commonly during puppyhood. *       Dogs with worms may not show signs of illness, except when the worms […]

How to find your ideal canine companion

Owning a dog has many benefits, but it is also very important to remember that it is a long-term commitment and responsibility. This factsheet takes you through the different stages of adopting a puppy and the things you should consider. Consider the costs and time involved before buying a dog. Costs * Weekly food bill […]

Caring for your new puppy

Once you have chosen your puppy, it is important for you to make plans for his transition to your home.  This will help reduce any extra stress caused by his new surroundings and give him the best start in his new life.  Here are some basic guidelines for you to follow. Preparation:   *       Decide […]

Your new baby and the family dog

Guide to a successful relationship between your new baby and the family dog  As soon as you are aware that there will be a new baby in the house, begin to prepare your family dog. Do not leave it until the new baby arrives.  It is important that your dog associates the new baby with […]

Common Poisonings in Cats

Despite their reputation for fastidiousness, cats are more frequent victims of poisoning events in the home and surroundings than one might expect. Approximately 16 per cent of the enquiries received each year by the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (UK) involve feline exposures to a bewildering variety of agents.  Many cases occur through accident but some […]