'Restricted Breeds' debate

'Restricted Breeds' debate over the last week.

Over the last few days we have seen a passionate debate over national and international airwaves and social media forums regarding the law governing ‘restricted breeds’ of dogs. This all came from our wonderful town and community here in Ashbourne. It is very difficult to stimulate such an important debate in the national media without an accompanying tragedy. Thankfully this wasn't the case.

How Do You Microchip A Dog?

How do you microchip a dog?

On 1st April 2016 every dog must be legally microchipped. A unique identification number is registered to the animal and the owner’s details are placed on a national database.

Many thousands of dogs and cats that go missing each year and according to 2014 statistics from Department of Environment, less than half of them are reunited with their owners. 

Did you know that as of the 31st of March 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs in to be Microchipped?

Did you know that as of the 31st of March 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs in to be Microchipped?

As a dog owner there are a few things you need to know about the new legislation. 

1. Your dog MUST be microchipped and register on a government approved database such as by 31st March 2016

2. You must have a certificate from a government approved database to prove your dog is microchipped and registered on that database. 

Valentine’s Day

Valentines day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans if dangerous Foods and Flora and other items are kept out of paws’ reach.


Here are a few things to watch out for on Valentines day:


1. Pet-Safe Bouquets
Many pet owners are still unaware that all lillies are potentially fatal to cats.

Top tips for Winter

winter top tips


Here are 5 top tips to help your pet over the coming months.

1. Keep your pet warm and dry. After your dogs walk or if your cat has been out hunting, be sure to dry them off using an old towel. This will help reduce matting of the fur and skin irritations.

2. If your pet lives outside. Be sure to provide your pet with a winter shelter, this is a raised, covered house or shed which provides a warm dry environment for them to escape the weather. be sure their food and water is also placed in here so they do not have to go out in the rain to eat or drink.

Five top tips why you should neuter your pet

 Did you know Neutered Cats will live 3 – 5 years longer than Non – Neutered Cats?


Neutering is the kindest most repsonible choice for your pet.


Here are 5 Top Reasons why to neuter your pet:


This Prevents any unwanted kittens or puppies, did you know thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens are put to sleep every year?

It reduces the risk of serious illnesses such as Womb infections, Mammary cancers, Testicular cancersand some prostate problems.