Getting started

Keeping your dog healthy

Adviceservices Owningaguidedog GettingstartedThe health of a guide dog is paramount. Once an owner has qualified with their dog, Guide Dogs' staff pay regular aftercare visits to ensure the dog and owner are continuing to work safely together and to check that the dog is being cared for to the required standard.

All guide dogs are registered with a local veterinary surgeon and have routine check-ups every six months. And, Dog Care and Welfare Advisors at Guide Dogs will always be on hand to provide advice on caring for your dog throughout its working life.

However, there are many things that a guide dog owner (or an owner of a pet dog) can do to look after the health, welfare and happiness of their dog.

But remember; always refer to your veterinary surgeon if you believe your animal is ill or unhealthy.