Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lost and Found - what to do? Useful numbers..


What to do?

  • First of all, check for a collar with name or contact details for the owner.
  • You may take the animal to a local vet or shelter to scan the animal for a microchip.
  • If there is a microchip found you may look up the number (on,, pet trace, Irish kennel club) to look for owner contact info
  • Please note the vet or shelter is under no obligation to take it.
  • If you find a pup/kitten – don’t take it straight away unless it is in danger – the mother may well be back for it
  • You may ring the local dog warden to pick up a stray dog – your local county council should have the number.
  • Council pounds may euthanise the animal after a week if no owner has come forward.
  • Animal shelters / charities will house them longer to try find them a home
  • Call your local vet and animal shelter / pound telling them the details of the pet such as breed, colour, male or female, relative age, and where found.

Helpful numbers:

KSPCA helpline - (087) 1279835
Kildare animal foundation –  (045) - 522 929
Kildare Gardai – (045)527737
Kildare dog pound - (059) 8623388
KWWSPCA Animal Welfare Officer – 087 6887136
Kildare county council - (045) 980205

Behaviour Programme

Behaviour Programme at Kildare Vet

We are delighted to introduce our new training programme for dogs now available

Please contact the clinic to put your name on the list if you would like to avail of our new dog behaviour training programme. This will involve eduation for both dog and owner on how to train your pet and combat any behavioural issues your pet may have. We now have the facility to make arrangements to call out to your home and view the dog in as natural environment as possible, and to make changes within the family to improve quality of life for you and your best friend. In most families or homes there are certain things and modifications that need to be made.
We have an increasing client base with dogs that have certain behavioural issues. While these may start out small, they can grow to an increasing and worrying size if left unattended. These can grow to such an issue that unfortunately re-homing may be considered or even euthanasia in some extreme cases. These problems can usually be combated by continuous client education, and correcting problems while young and before they has a chance to take hold and become ingrained. Such problems you may encounter that we may help you combat are;
  • separation anxiety
  • excessive barking
  • inappropriate urination and/or defecation
  • jumping
  • aggression
  • fear
  • play biting
  • toilet training
  • leash walking
  • recall
For plenty of dogs and their owners the learning of canine behaviour is hugely important and effective to having a happy healthy relationship with your pet. Misconceptions and ideas and misinformation can lead to a lot of inaccuracies about dog training and we are here to give you correct information. It usually just takes time, treats, calmness and consistency. The old saying you can't teach an old dog new tricks - is untrue. It will just take a little longer! Certain breeds can also need more handling and a stricter set of rules and a clear objective to what they are allowed to do and what not allowed to do. Huskies for example are particularly hard to train in recall, that is to come back to the owner when off the leash. We have different programmes in place for family pets and different breeds.
Look forward to hearing from you