If times are tough and you need a hand, the RSPCA is working across the City of Latrobe to help.

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Caring for your dog

Dogs make our lives better. They make us laugh, comfort us when we are sad and provide a lifetime of love and companionship.

But caring for a dog is a huge responsibility. We know happy pets make happy people, so here’s a guide to help you keep your best mate healthy for life.

If you are worried about your dog, reach out to RSPCA Victoria today

Desexing and microchipping

We recommend microchipping and desexing your dog to help them live a happy and healthy life.

Desexed animals are less likely to get diseases and less likely to roam. Desexing also reduces the number of unwanted litters in your community.

Ensure your pet is microchipped because if they become lost, you are far more likely to be reunited with them if they are microchipped. but make sure your personal details are up to date with the applicable microchip registry.


Dogs require a balanced diet tailored to their size, age and any health conditions they might have.

It is important that your dog can always access clean, fresh water inside and outside the home. Re-fill your dog’s water bowl at least once a day and make sure they can’t knock it over.


Dogs require a clean, comfortable environment to live and sleep in. If your dog has access to outdoors, ensure your yard is escape-proof and includes sheltered areas to protect them from the weather.

If it is not possible to allow a dog to sleep indoors, a weatherproof kennel should be provided. Kennels should be warm, dry, sheltered from wind and regularly cleaned.

Exercise and play

Dogs need regular exercise, at least once a day, to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. This will help prevent unwanted behaviours such as digging and destroying household items, or separation anxiety.

You may wish to hide some food in toys to keep your dog preoccupied and entertained while you are not at home.

Bathing and grooming

Regular grooming removes dust, dead skin, loose hairs, grass seeds and tangles, and is essential for your dog’s overall health. It helps to prevent matting and overgrown nails, which can be very painful for your dog.

Veterinary care

Your dog will require annual visits to the vet for vaccinations, boosters and general health checks. This is important for your dog’s wellbeing and will help ensure they live a long and happy life.

If times are tough and you need a hand, the RSPCA is working across the City of Latrobe to help.

Need a hand caring for your dog?