Do you want to know how to be a responsible Cavapoo dog owner? Do you want to provide your dog with bundles of fun, belly rubs, and an overall safe and happy life?
Of course you do.
However, you’re probably worrying how to do this correctly with all the mis-information and out of date advice available.
If that’s you, stay tuned, you’re about to discover what it takes to be be a great dog loving owner.
But first, here’s a bit of reassurance.
It’s completely normal to have worries and concerns as a new dog parent. We’ve all been there, experiencing those same doubts and fears. But here’s the thing: you’re already showing that you’re a good owner by having these concerns.
You’re seeking information and advice, which shows your puppy is already in good hands.
So, well done — you’re already doing great!
That being said, we’re going to deep dive a little further into the essential information and advice you need to be an even more responsible Cavapoo dog owner.
In this article, we’ll cover everything from insurance and health plans to dog food, and vaccinations. We’ll also touch on the best accessories and toys for your furry companion to develop their mental awareness.
Consider this your roadmap to success, with simple steps that make a huge difference.
Together, we’ll conquer your concerns, navigate the challenges, and ensure that your Cavapoo lives the happiest, healthiest life possible.
That sound good?
Fantastic, let’s jump right in.
We’ll start with the most important area of them all.
Pet Insurance: Protecting Your Cavapoo Is Crucial
As a responsible Cavapoo dog owner, ensuring the well-being of your puppy includes preparing for unexpected circumstances — that’s where pet insurance comes in handy.
Think of it as a safety net, guarding against financial strain when your Cavapoo needs medical attention.
While it may seem like an extra expense, the peace of mind it brings is invaluable.
Consider this scenario: You’re enjoying a leisurely walk in the park with your Cavapoo when they suddenly injure their leg running over a divot in the grass. A visit to the vet reveals the need for surgery and post-operative care at a cost of around £2000!
Without insurance, these (typical) vet costs could leave you in a difficult position. However, with the right insurance plan, you can focus on your Cavapoo’s recovery without worrying about the financial burden.
Side note: Here’s a brief list of typical (average) vet fees in the UK for 2023:
- Vet Consultation – £50-£80
- Lameness – £650
- Gastroenteritis £450
- Vomiting – £500
- Seizures – £600
- Diabetes – £1000
- Cruciate Rupture – £2000
- Tumour – £900
- Skin Allergies – £300
- Accidents – £700 (Average Costs)
Dog insurance tip: When choosing pet insurance, take the time to research and compare different providers. Look for comprehensive coverage that includes accidents, illnesses, and emergency care.
It’s important to understand the specific details, such as excess payments, and coverage limits, to ensure you’re getting the best policy for your Cavapoo’s needs.
You should also ask about ongoing treatment cover and rising costs should you make a claim, or as your dog ages.
Health Plans & Prevention: Ensure Your Cavapoo’s Well-being
Regular veterinary check-ups and preventive care are essential for maintaining your Cavapoo’s overall health and, sometimes, to validate your pet insurance claims.
Just like humans, dogs require routine medical attention to catch any potential issues before they escalate.
Start by scheduling regular visits with a trusted veterinarian. During these appointments, your Cavapoo will receive thorough examinations, vaccinations, and preventive treatments for parasites like fleas, ticks, and lungworms.
The vet will also assess dental health and provide guidance on dental care.
Maintaining a vaccination schedule is also crucial for your Cavapoo’s protection against common diseases. Core vaccinations, such as distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, and rabies, are really important and recommended by most vets.
They may also recommend optional vaccinations based on your geographical location and lifestyle factors.
By staying proactive and following your veterinarian’s recommendations, you’re giving your Cavapoo the best chance of a long and healthy life.
It’s also a good idea to consider optional health plans provided by your vet. For example, we have Arlo (Our very own Cavapoo) registered with Vets for Pets health service which costs around £13 per month. We receive regular checkups, vaccinations, and vet-prescribed flea and worming treatment every month. There are also a few other perks.
Dog Food: Providing Proper Nutrition
Another crucial aspect of responsible Cavapoo ownership is providing a balanced and nutritious diet. The food you choose for your pooch directly impacts their overall health, energy levels, and well-being.
When selecting dog food, aim for high-quality brands that prioritise good ingredients. Look for labels that clearly show essential nutrients, such as proteins, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. Avoid foods with excessive fillers, artificial additives, and preservatives.
As a smallish breed, Cavapoos may require a diet that caters to their size and energy levels. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the ideal portion sizes and feeding frequency for your Cavapoo’s age and activity level.
Keep in mind that some Cavapoos may have special dietary requirements or sensitivities. If you notice any adverse reactions to certain foods, such as digestive issues or allergies, work closely with your vet to identify the culprit and find suitable alternatives.
We feed Arlo, K9 optimum (chicken) dry puppy food from Jollyes. We mix it with our very own home-made food that includes chicken breast, chicken liver, and various other vegetables. It’s prepared in a similar style to the likes of Butternut box, and contains real human food only.
Alternatively, you can combine dry food with wet food, but always try to make sure that the food is of a high standard with a meat content of at least 60%.
Side note: Always consult your vet for advice if making your own pet food.
Foods To Avoid
One last thing to mention about food for your dog is to do with the foods that can be harmful to your dog. The foods mentioned below are a selection of the ones that are known o be toxic to dogs and could cause serious illness or even death:
- Macadamia Nuts
The above is just a selection of foods that you should never give to your dog. For more advice, it’s advisable to talk with your vet.
Vaccinations: Protecting Your Cavapoo’s Health
Let’s touch a bit more on vaccinations.
Vaccinations play a vital role in safeguarding your Cavapoo against various diseases. By ensuring your dog is up to date on vaccinations, you’re providing them with essential protection and reducing the risk of illness.
Core vaccinations are the foundation of your Cavapoo’s immunisation regime. The diseases they protect against can be life-threatening, and vaccination is the best defence against them.
Besides core vaccinations, optional vaccines may be recommended based on your Cavapoo’s lifestyle and the prevalence of certain diseases in your area. For instance, if your Cavapoo frequently interacts with other dogs or attends daycare, the Bordetella vaccine may be necessary to protect against kennel cough.
To ensure proper immunisation, it’s essential to follow the vaccination schedule recommended by your veterinarian. Keeping accurate records of your Cavapoo’s vaccinations is also crucial, as it allows for easy reference and ensures you stay on top of booster shots.
Dog Accessories: Essential Items for Your Cavapoo
Moving on from vaccines, it’s time to talk about dog accessories that are important to have as a responsible Cavapoo owner. Providing the right accessories enhances both your dog’s comfort and your overall experience together. From collars and leashes to grooming tools and travel essentials, having the right gear can make a significant difference.
First of all, you will need a well-fitted collar or harness that includes identification tags with your contact information so that you can identify your dog if they ever go missing.
Side tip: Id tags are actually a K9 legal requirement in some countries.
In addition to a collar and id tags, a comfortable and safe dog bed or crate is also essential for your Cavapoo’s relaxation and security. It provides them with a dedicated space where they can rest and retreat when they need privacy.
Grooming tools, such as dog brushes and nail clippers, help to maintain your Cavapoos coat and overall hygiene. Regular grooming not only keep them looking their best, but also promote bonding and good health.
Another essential item to mention, If you’re a frequent traveller or enjoy outings with your Cavapoo, is dog carriers, seat belts, and travel bowls. These will make your adventures safer and more convenient.
Dog Toys: Providing Mental Stimulation and Fun
Just like humans, dogs need mental stimulation and playtime to stay happy and healthy. I’ve already touched on this, but it’s worth mentioning again that providing a variety of toys for your Cavapoo not only keeps them entertained, but also engages their minds and fulfils their natural instincts.
Consider different toys based on your Cavapoo’s preferences. Some dogs enjoy plush toys for cuddling, while others prefer interactive and puzzle toys that challenge their problem-solving abilities.
In addition, chew toys are important for dental health and relieving teething discomfort.
Side tip: Rotating your Cavapoos toys regularly will prevent boredom and keeps them engaged. Try to Introduce new toys periodically to stimulate their curiosity and prevent them from losing interest in their existing ones.
Remember, your Cavapoo thrives on your interaction and participation during playtime. Games like fetch or hide-and-seek will provide mental and physical exercise while strengthening the bond between you and your dog.
Exercise and Mental Stimulation: Keeping Your Cavapoo Active
By ensuring your dog receives regular exercise and mental engagement, you’re further promoting their overall well-being and happiness.
Establish a consistent exercise routine. Daily walks, playtime at the park, and off-leash activities in a safe environment (like your garden) allow them to release energy, maintain a healthy weight, and explore their surroundings.
Socialisation (Start early)
Socialisation is another crucial aspect of being a responsible Cavapoo owner.
Expose your dog to different environments, people, and animals from an early age. This helps them develop good social skills, reduces anxiety, and fosters a confident and well-adjusted dog.
By prioritising exercise, socialisation, and mental stimulation, you’re ensuring that your Cavapoo leads a fulfilling and enriched life.
Your breeder should have already done this for you, but in the rare case that they haven’t, do this right away. It’s a legal requirement to have your dog micro-chipped. This will make it possible to track who the dog belongs to.
If you don’t microchip your dog, you could be fined up to £500.
Training Your Dog (The Basics & More)
Training your Cavapoo dog the basics like sit, stay and lay down will get you off to a good start with obedience. It’s also important to start potty training and eliminate any unwanted behaviour such as puppy biting and separation anxiety from a young age.
Your dog will benefit from this training and over time will enhance your relationship together.
You Are A Responsible Cavapoo Dog Owner
You’re reading this article, which proves you’re already a responsible dog owner. You’re already taking the extra steps to be the best Cavapoo owner you can be.
Responsible dog owning involves a commitment to providing the best care and attention. Ensuring their well-being protection with insurance and maintaining their health through regular check-ups and vaccinations is a great place to start.
Moreover, providing a balanced and nutritious diet, dog accessories, engaging toys, and ample exercise is also crucial for the health and development of your dog.
Every aspect contributes to their overall happiness and longevity.
By following the guidelines outlined in this article, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the journey of responsible Cavapoo ownership with confidence and compassion.
Here’s to a happy and healthy life for your Cavapoo.