Just days to go!
Celebrating the British love affair with dogs, Crufts will be returning to the NEC Arena in Birmingham and to our television screens again on 6th – 9th March 2014.
The four-day event will see the nation’s most heroic dogs rewarded in the prestigious Friends for Life competition; the UK’s favourite crossbreeds compete in the Scruffts grand final; the world’s most athletic canines battling it out in dog sports such as agility and flyball, and the world-famous Best in Show competition.
The individual breed judging that leads to the Best in Show final will see Working and Pastoral breeds compete on Thursday 6th March, Terriers and Hounds on Friday 7th March, Toy and Utility breeds on Saturday 8th March and Gundogs on Sunday 9th March.
National TV treasure, Clare Balding, will again be guiding viewers through the canine extravaganza on More 4 from Thursday to Saturday and then culminating on Channel 4 for the Best in Show finale on Sunday evening. Those outside the UK can watch all the key action live on the Crufts YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/Crufts.
Crufts will be preceded by a three week Channel 4 series called The Dog Show, where dogs will compete in a series of activity challenges and the winner will make an appearance at Crufts. The Kennel Club will also be asking for people to submit videos of their own talented canines in the New Year, for its online Crufts Factor competition.
“Crufts is a British institution and a must see for all dog lovers” says Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary. “It is the world’s largest gathering of all dogs – pedigree and crossbreed, large and small, athletic and competitive, companion and heroic, and celebrates everything that we love the most about man’s best friend.
“The event hosts a vast range of exciting competitions, and is packed with information, advice and entertainment for all dog lovers. Every single dog is special and so we will be hosting an online Crufts Factor competition to showcase the vast range of talents our dogs possess and will be asking people to post photos and stories about their dogs for competitions on our Facebook page.”
Among the competition and events at Crufts will be the inaugural ‘Obreedience’ competition, where different breeds will go head-to-head to demonstrate their superior obedience skills.
Visitors to the show will be able to visit the Discover Dogs area, where they will meet more than 200 breeds and find out more about buying the right dog for them. Visitors will also be able to learn about Kennel Club Assured Breeders, who put the health and welfare of their puppies first and foremost, and about the pioneering projects that the Kennel Club and the Animal Health Trust are working on to improve dog health.
As well as enjoying watching the many different events and competitions at the show, visitors can also enjoy the ultimate doggie shopping experience with hundreds of trade stands selling everything and anything for dogs and dog lovers.
Tickets cost £16.50 for adults in advance and £18 on the door. Best in Show tickets start from £17.50. Concessions are also available. All tickets are subject to a booking fee. Book by calling the Crufts Ticket Hotline at The Ticket Factory on 0844 338 0338, or online at www.crufts.org.uk.Tags: Articles, Crufts, Crufts 2014, KC Press Release
December 10th, 2013Articles
The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust have welcomed the decision by Harrods to stop the sale of puppies in store, with the closure of its Pet Kingdom department.
Both organisations have met jointly with representatives from Harrods over the last ten years to discuss the issue of canine welfare and the risks associated with buying puppies from pet shops, and see the move as a positive step in improving dog welfare. Harrods has now followed the example set by the majority of the pet trade in recent years in stopping the sale of puppies in shops.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are thrilled that puppies will no longer be sold in Harrods and would very much like to see all stores which sell puppies follow suit, as the sale of dogs in pet shops can unfortunately encourage puppy farmers.”
Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust Chief Executive, explained: “Whilst Dogs Trust warmly welcomes the news of the closure of the Harrods Pet Kingdom, it is a shame that the stated reasons for it were motivated by commercial interests and not animal welfare. A pet shop is not an appropriate environment in which to sell puppies and kittens and our supporters have long expressed their concern about the UK’s most famous department store selling pets.”
Both the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust continue to lobby for a change in the law to prohibit the sale of dogs in pet shops, and see this, along with public education on dog ownership and how best to buy a dog, as the best way to protect the welfare of puppies being sold and bought. Responsible breeders will not sell their puppies through pet shops and instead insist that potential buyers see their puppies with their mothers and in their home environment; putting the puppy’s health and welfare first.
Caroline continued: “The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust have for many years now expressed concern over the sale of puppies in Harrods. Whilst Harrods has never sold puppies ‘over the counter’, ensuring that no one is simply allowed to buy a puppy on the spot, buying from any type of pet shop is something that we would never recommend as we would always advise that puppies are purchased direct from the breeder and seen with their mother at the breeder’s home.”
Both the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust believe that a pet shop simply cannot offer the proper environment needed to home puppies, even on a temporary basis. They strongly advise that people avoid buying puppies from pet shops, as these are often outlets used by puppy farmers, who breed their dogs in poor conditions, leading to health and behavioural problems. Those wishing to buy a puppy responsibly should consider going to a rescue organisation or visiting a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, who will be inspected by the Kennel Club, as a UKAS accredited inspection body, and who ensure that their pups are socialised and cared for in the best possible way.Tags: Articles, KC Press Release, Press Release, Puppy Farms
November 30th, 2013Articles
It’s December; that time of year when our thoughts turn towards charitable giving and goodwill towards all. In this article, we here at Dogs In The News hope to suggest ways in which you can support worthy canine charities this Christmas.
1. Buy stuff
Now, this may seem against the spirit of the season, but bear with us. There is a way to make charitable giving a positive by-product of your usual Christmas shopping spree.
If you’re looking for music, for example, you can give the gift of the C.A.R.I.A.D Christmas single. This CD, which is also available as an MP3 on iTunes and Amazon from 12 December, is the result of a charity collaboration which hopes to raise awareness of the cruel puppy farming industry. All money raised from the sale of the single will be divided equally between the charities involved.
If your friends are more into reading, then we suggest you check out WoofTastic Books, which features canine related titles. Many of the authors will donate a portion of any profits made to a canine charity. For example, if you buy Pen Farthing’s “One Dog At A Time“, a portion of the cover price will be donated to Nowzad Dogs. The same is true of “Finding Harmony” by Sally Hyder (Canine Partners) and any of the Dogwalker Mystery Series by Judi McCoy (Best Friends).
For younger readers, CritterKin has produced a book called “Meet The Mutts“, which aims to be an antidote to those pleas for a puppy; while spreading a worthy message, a portion of sales profits for this title will be donated to IFAW. Pair it with this adorable stuffed fellow from Hearing Dogs and you’ll be their new favourite person.
For the organised, this 2014 Breed Rescue Calender from the UK Kennel Club costs just £5 and is great way to support pedigree rescue services – plus you get to keep that warm charitable feeling for the next 12 months!
In fact, if you search “canine charity merchandise” on Google, you’ll be inundated with options for things like pet toys, stuffed animals, gift wrap and stationary, all of which can be purchased through online shops to support larger canine charities like The Dogs Trust, Guide Dogs, Battersea and The Blue Cross. There are also traditional high street charity shops for causes such as the PDSA.
Additionally, you can use the free online service Easy Fundraising to raise money for worthwhile causes while you do your usual shopping at online stores like Amazon, eBay, Boots, Tesco and Sainsburys. It’s quick and easy to set up and a number of canine charities are registered as potential beneficiaries. (Another organisation which does this is Give As You Live.)
Finally, as if you needed an excuse to buy alcohol, we’ve managed to find Wine Hound, an online shop which donates a portion of their annual profits to Canine Partners!
2. Send Cards
Most charities, even the small ones, produce holiday cards these days. They may be slightly pricier than a Wilkinson’s bumper box, but they have some lovely designs and the feeling that you’ve contributed to a worthy cause will keep you warm all the way to the post office. Let us know your favourite designs for 2013; we particularly like these ones, from Hounds for Heroes.
3. Save Stamps
Many dog charities want your used stamps, especially those with Christmas designs, which they then sell to raise funds for their important work improving dog welfare. So, before you throw away or recycle your envelopes, take a moment to save the stamp. Once you have a sizeable collection put together – and let’s face it, postal volumes increase in December – you can send them along to the charity of your choice.
Here are some organisations who would appreciate your help:
4. Sponsor A Dog
Many animal charities, including as Hearing Dogs, Dogs For the Disabled, Medical Detection Dogs, and Support Dogs, have gift packages available which allow you to sponsor a puppy on someone’s behalf. This money helps pay for the puppy’s care and training, and the person you purchase it for will get regular updates about how they are doing. These make good gifts for the Aunt who has everything or a dog loving Secret Santa.
There are also charities which allow you to buy a Christmas dinner for a dog in rescue over the holidays. NW Dog Rescue is one of them.
5. Give Things
Many rescue centres are overwhelmed at Christmas and the beginning of the New Year as people abandon or lose their pets over the holidays. (There’s then a further influx in February and early Spring as puppies bought as Christmas presents grow and the novelty wears off.) They are often short of things like food, treats, toys, blankets and coats (especially important as the weather gets colder) and would appreciate anything that you can spare. So if you’re having a pre-holiday clear out, or your own spoilt dog has a few toys too many, spare a thought for a less fortunate pup who’ll be spending the holidays in a rescue kennel.
Many charities also have Amazon Wish Lists set up, where you can buy things that they need and have them shipped directly to the charity.
6. Give Time
Dog charities, like all charities, are always crying out for people to help them. Dogs need to be walked and groomed regularly, even during the holidays, and you could really help take the strain off the centre if you could spare a few hours on your days off to assist them. Not only will you get a warm glow from doing the right thing, but you’ll brighten up a dog’s day too with some love and attention. What better Christmas gift could you ask for?
We hope we’ve given you some inspiration. Do feel free to share links or mention anything that we’ve forgotten below.Tags: Articles, Charity
November 24th, 2013Articles
Would your roadside recovery service cater for your canine passengers in the event of an emergency? It’s a question worth asking.
Yesterday a tragic event occurred on the M40 near Banbury, Oxfordshire. A motorhome carrying 11 show and pet dogs and three people was awaiting recovery on the hard shoulder when a heavy goods vehicle collided into it.
The dogs escaped onto the road and three of them died at the scene. A further seven were gathered up, but the ninth dog, a Corgi called Darren, got lost in the confusion. He was missing for most of the day on Saturday but was eventually reunited with his owners after being found by a searcher who responded to appeals on social media. One of the dogs was put down at the vets the following day and the others are recovering at home. Two of the human passengers emerged with minor injuries; the third sustained multiple injuries and is currently in hospital. (See reports in The Telegraph and Daily Mail for more info. It has also been covered by DogWorld.)
The Facebook rumour mill is churning with different versions of the story, but apparently the motorhome was at the side of the road because it was waiting for a specialist recovery vehicle to come and collect the dogs, as the original recovery service which arrived refused to take them. Some reports say they had been there for almost three hours, others say they had been abandoned by their service entirely because of the dogs. (We prefer not to name and shame until all the facts come out.)
Regardless, it prompted us to advise our Twitter followers to switch cover if their roadside recovery policy didn’t allow provisions for their animals. We received some requests for more specifics, and we had hoped to write an article which would list those providers who were especially dog friendly. Unfortunately, we just can’t!
As you will see below, pretty much all of the major service providers whose policy documents we read say exactly the same thing: IF they do decide to take your dogs, it’s at their sole discretion and your risk. Some policies even state that you have to pay any extra costs incurred. That is to say, it entirely depends if the guy who shows up likes dogs and is willing to accommodate them!
Hardly reassuring. We also note that some policies make exceptions for guide dogs or hearing dogs explicitly. What about general assistance dogs, therapy dogs, medical alert dogs and the like? These are all things worth clarifying when you buy cover, especially if you and your dog cannot be separated.
A quick skim of Facebook comments with regards to general dog friendliness shows that the experience of service provided is also somewhat random. Some people sang the praises of helpful drivers, from all service providers, who either took their dog or arranged alternative transport for them. However, others reported disturbingly similar stories to the above; the service turned up and flat out refused to take the animals in any form, leaving them stranded.
Our advice would be to make it very clear to your roadside recovery contact that you have a dog/dogs with you when you call to request their assistance. Then they know in advance and can either send out a specialist vehicle in the first instance or arrange for someone who doesn’t mind a bit of dog hair in his back seat. Many people on Facebook have reported that their recovery men were happy to tow their vehicle with their dog in it, so that’s an option too (if you feel your dog would be able to cope with this.)
Another option is to take out AutoAid insurance instead, which costs £39 a year. They reimburse any costs incurred as a result of a vehicle breakdown, rather than providing a dedicated service themselves, which means that you can make arrangements which suit you and your dogs in the event of an emergency and claim the expenses back later. It’s not ideal, but at least you’re in charge
We’d love to hear of any recommendations if people have specialised show dog cover or similar. One such service is ShowStart Pet Rescue roadside cover. “None of the major car breakdown services will guarantee that a pet will travel in the safety of the recovery vehicle in the event of a relay or recovery. As part of the family, ShowStart Car Breakdown Service guarantees that your pets will travel with you, no matter what happens.”
As for the pet market, this is where we stand. Do let us know if there’s any we’ve missed!
“If the AA does at its absolute discretion, agree to transport an animal, then this will be at your own risk. It is your responsibility to secure any animal being transported or to make alternative arrangements for its transportation. (Guide dogs or hearing dogs will be transported together with their owner, unless this is not possible for health and/or safety reasons.)”
“The transportation of livestock (including dogs) will be at the discretion of the recovery operator. Alternative transport can be arranged but you will need to pay for this service by credit or debit card.”
“Onward transportation of any animal in your vehicle is at our discretion. We will not be liable for injury or death of the animal.”
(You’d think they’d be dog friendly, given their mascot, but it appears Churchill could be left behind if Dawn French broke down!)
“The transportation of livestock (including dogs) will only be undertaken if the recovery operator determines it is safe to do so in the normal recovery service. We will endeavour to help arrange alternative transport but you will need to pay for this service immediately by credit or debit card.”
“The transportation of livestock (including dogs) will be at the discretion of the recovery operator. Alternative transport can be arranged but you will need to pay for this service immediately by credit or debit card.”
“Onward transportation of any animal in your vehicleis at our discretion. Wewill not be liable for injury or death of the animal.”
“If there are any domestic animals in your vehicle, their onward transportation is at our descretion and soley at your risk. Unless there is a safety issue, guide dogs for the blind or hearing dogs will always be transported with their owners.”
“The transportation of livestock (including dogs) will be at the discretion of the recovery operator. Alternative transport can be arranged but you will need to pay for this service immediately by credit or debit card.”
(Another company which is happy to have dogs in its advertising, but not its recovery vehicles!)
“The transportation of livestock (including dogs) will be at the discretion of the recovery operator. Alternative transport can be arranged but you will need to pay for this service immediately by credit or debit card.”Tags: Articles, Insurance
November 18th, 2013Articles
Ask many dog lovers in the UK if they’ve heard of puppy farming and a curious but amused smile usually follows as they imagine packs of tiny pups happily gamboling in grassy fields ‑ a bit like the idyllic scene at the end of 101 Dalmatians.
When you enlighten them as to what puppy farming actually is, the smile is replaced by a look of horror and astonishment when they realise that in this so-called nation of animal lovers, the barbaric practice of commercially breeding dogs – often in their hundreds – in tiny cages or inside dark, airless barns and sheds is happening on a depressingly large scale. And if that wasn’t shameful enough, it is also legal and licensed by local authorities as well as being encouraged by those who represent the farming industry.
C.A.R.I.A.D. was set up just over two years ago by Linda Goodman with the express aim of putting an end to the appalling battery breeding of dogs. ‘Cariad’ means love in Welsh, and the acronym stands for Care And Respect Includes All Dogs.
C.A.R.I.A.D. is a small non-profit organisation with a big heart, and this Christmas it has set itself a huge task ‑ to reach the charts with a song specially written by singer-songwriter Mandy Woods.
Aimed at educating the public about the reality of puppy farming, ‘Cariad at Christmas Time’ was recorded in October at Shabbey Road Studios in Caerphilly, and, like Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ back in the ’80s, it’s a multi-vocal recording. This time, however, instead of getting celebrities to sing the lyrics, C.A.R.I.A.D. decided to invite a number of smaller dog rescues and charities to put forward anyone among their staff and volunteers with a good singing voice and the confidence to go into a studio and sing their heart out.
The response was phenomenal, and on October 5 a group of strangers, some local and others coming from as far afield as Lancashire, Suffolk and Wiltshire – and, by pure chance, all of them female – met up at the studio. Some had professional experience, others simply a love of singing and a commitment to the welfare of dogs. Al Steele, co-owner of Shabbey Road, did a magnificent job of instilling confidence in the group, arranging the vocal parts on the hoof and getting the very best out of everyone, regardless of their age or experience. He also produced the single, and the result is the CD that accompanies this message, that is set to receive worldwide radio airplay.
The charity single will be available to purchase via download from the end of November, and the proceeds will be donated to the rescues and charities that helped make it possible, as well as to the C.A.R.I.A.D. campaign.
More importantly, though, the song is aimed at exposing the horrors of puppy farming and persuading people not to buy a puppy at Christmas, especially if the mother of the puppy isn’t present. Better still would be to go to a reputable rescue in the New Year and save a life by adopting one of the thousands of dogs and puppies who are waiting patiently for someone to give them a new, loving home.
Tags: Articles, Campaigns, Charity, Puppy Farms
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October 15th, 2013Articles
If our beloved dogs could talk, life would be a whole lot easier for pet owners when it comes to knowing exactly what they’re thinking, feeling and wanting.
Most dog owners however are not fluent in the language of doggies, which means we need to be able to read complex signals, body language and behaviour to work out what’s going on in their lives.
From stretching, playing, biting, howling, barking, wagging their tales to being submissive with people or other dogs, our canine babies use a variety of visual and body language cues to try and communicate with us.
However, most of us haven’t a clue what they’re on about and that’s especially a worry when it comes to animal health, so it’s vital dog owners take note of any signals they are giving us, such as scratching, excessive panting or scooting along the floor.
Log on to Studio Talk’s Web TV show HERE, where dog behaviourist Sarah Whitehead joins dog owners and dogs as part of the Drontal Show Your Dog Some Love campaign to give advice on how to figure out what your dog is trying to tell you.
Sarah Whitehead joins them live online at 12.30pm on 15th October.
September 30th, 2013Articles
To help animal centres look after the number of abandoned dogs in their care Paul and Amanda are backing the Feeding Brighter Futures campaign and are asking the public to join them by supporting Pedigree’s Buy One Feed One initiative.
Whilst every dog owner knows the importance of giving their dog a healthy and nutritious diet to keep them feeling and looking their best, research with the Association of Dog and Cat Homes, released earlier this year, showed that nearly half of rehoming centres had seen an increase in malnourished dogs being admitted to their care.
With good nutrition the first step to a rescue dog’s recovery, Pedigree has committed to donating one million meals to rehoming centres across the UK and is now calling on people to help them donate even more.
Find out how can you help feed abandoned dogs and support this campaign. Watch their video here…
September 30th, 2013Articles
Blue Cross pet charity is very proud to be launching a new video about their rehoming services. The video has been created to dispel some of the myths around the process and encourage people to adopt a rescue pet from their network of rehoming centres across the UK.
At any one time Blue Cross centres have more than 500 pets, including dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, rabbits and mice, looking for loving new homes With more pets than ever before being given up by their owners of even abandoned, centres are feeling the strain. This new video hopes to encourage more people to take on the right pet for them and realise the benefits of making it a rescue one. The video will also assure potential new owners that Blue Cross is a trusted, friendly and kind option for pet rehoming.
Tailor made rehoming scheme
Blue Cross has a tailor made rehoming scheme, which means that each case is looked at individually to help people find the right pet. There are no fixed rules about what makes the perfect home because every pet and their needs are different. Instead, Blue Cross rehoming centre teams work hard to find one that’s the right match for the potential new owner and their lifestyle so that they’ll have a happy future together.
Benefits of rehoming a Blue Cross pet
All Blue Cross pets are:
- vaccinated, microchipped wormed and neutered
- examined by a vet and treated as required
- assessed by an experienced member of our team to determine what type of training and education they need
- given an individual training plan depending on their needs
- given an individual profile to help match them with their new owner
- rehomed with 4 weeks’ free insurance from Petplan UK (cats, dogs and rabbits only)
When a new pet is taken home, that’s not the end of the journey for Blue Cross. The charity offers ongoing advice and support – for life.
Blue Cross helped more than 40,000 pets last year. To find out more about the work of Blue Cross or to see some of the pets currently looking for happy new homes, visit www.bluecross.org.uk .
September 12th, 2013Articles
The British Kennel Club have released a new video to coincide with their second annual Puppy Awareness Week (PAW).
“PAW aims to make sure that puppies live healthy, happy lives with suitable owners. Make sure that you get the right dog for your lifestyle and that you buy from a reputable breeder.
Puppies from puppy farms are bred with no regard for their health and well-being and are kept in appalling, unsanitary conditions. Kennel Club research from 2013 shows that as many as one in three may have unknowingly bought from a puppy farm, after sourcing their puppy online, on social media, in pet shops or through free newspaper ads – outlets often used by puppy farmers. One in five pups bought online or in pet shops need long-term veterinary care or die before six months old.
Make sure that you don’t buy from a puppy farmer, or from an ill-informed and unknowledgeable breeder, who has not taken all of the steps to give your puppy the best chance in life.
There are 211 breeds of dog, and many crossbreeds, that all have very different needs. Pedigree dogs are bred to have predictable traits and characteristics and by doing research people can easily find the dog that is the best fit for them.
You should also adhere to the following Dos and Don’ts, also supplied by the Kennel Club:
- Always go to a reliable and reputable Kennel Club Assured Breeder.
- Ask to see the puppy’s mother.
- See the puppy in its breeding environment and ask to look at the kennelling conditions if they were not raised within the breeder’s house. If you suspect the conditions are not right, then do not buy the puppy.
- Ask to see the relevant health test certificates for the puppy’s parents
- Be prepared to be put on a waiting list – a healthy puppy is well-worth waiting for.
- Ask if you can return the puppy if things don’t work out. Responsible and reputable breeders will always say yes.
- Be suspicious of a breeder selling several different breeds, unless you are sure of their credentials.
- Consider alternatives to buying a puppy like getting a rescue dog or pup. Click here to find a breed rescue puppy.
- Report your concerns to the relevant authority if you suspect the breeder is a puppy farmer
- Buy a puppy from a pet shop.
- Pick your puppy up from a ‘neutral location’ such as a car park or motorway service station.
- Buy a puppy because you feel like you’re rescuing it. You’ll only be making space available for another poorly pup to fill and condemning further puppies to a miserable life
Tell the relevant authorities
Local Councils, animal health officers and the police have the power to enforce the law. If you suspect somebody is a puppy farmer report them to the RSPCA, the police, or your Local Authority.
If somebody who you also suspect of being a puppy farmer, is registering their dogs with the Kennel Club, then ensure that you tell the Kennel Club about your suspicions. The Kennel Club would never knowingly register puppies from a puppy farmer and will tell the relevant authorities to try and ensure that the person is brought to book.
(Just yesterday, 2 puppy farmers pleaded guilty to 11 charges of animal cruelty in Bury after they were caught out by an undercover journalist. If you know a puppy farmer, tell someone!)
Opt for a puppy from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder or rescue centre
The Kennel Club strongly advises puppy buyers to go to a member of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, the UK’s only scheme for breeders that sets strict rules for and checks the quality of its members. The Kennel Club has independent United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) accreditation to certify breeders under the rules of this scheme. Those looking for a rescue dog can use the Kennel Club Rescue Dog Directory to find a Breed Rescue or another rescue home.
Please, help us spread the word
We can only stop puppy farmers if puppy buyers know to avoid them – before they buy, not once it is too late. If you know prospective puppy buyers tell them about this campaign to make sure that they make the right choices.
Sign the Petition
So far, over 71,500 people have signed this government e-petiton calling for a ban on the sale of young pups without their mothers present. If you’re not already one of them, what are you waiting for? If it reaches 100K, the issue of puppy farms and responsible dog breeding will be debated in Parliament.
Together, with the right action and education, we can end puppy farming.Tags: Articles, PAW, Press Release, PupAid, Puppy Farms
September 9th, 2013Articles
Although most of us owners know that we need to regularly use parasite protection treatments for our pets to keep them happy and healthy, you can be forgiven for finding it difficult to remember when and how frequently.
And while some parasites such as fleas and ticks may not be fatal, other more deadly types such as the lungworm Angiostrongylus vasorum can be fatal to dogs, which has experts urging pet owners to take the matter of parasite protection seriously and administer preventative treatments regularly.
To help pet owners the ‘It’s a Jungle Out There’ programme has launched a FREE app for pet owners, offering a bespoke parasite treatment reminder service.
Once downloaded, users can create a pet profile to keep track of all their pets information in one place, including breed details, microchip number, weight, and date of birth of their dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets. A ‘learn’ section of the app is also available to provide owners with the latest information on parasites and the risk they pose to pets and family members.
The Jungle for Pets app launches on the 9th September and is initially available to download for iPhones and iPads, by searching ‘Jungle for Pets’ in the Apple App store.
Bayer Animal Health launched the ‘It’s a Jungle Out There’ initiative to help pet owners navigate the complex jungle of parasites and help them in complying with the recommended parasite control advice provided by their vet. Owners can find information about the most common parasites in the UK at www.itsajungle.co.uk, or follow the programme at www.facebook.com/jungleforpets or on Twitter @jungleforpets
You can also join their live WebTV show with Luke Gamble and James Haskell to get the low down on what pet parasites you need to be looking out for and what warning signs your pet might exhibit should the worst case present itself, and how to prevent the nasty parasites in the first place! Tune in HERE at 2:30pm on 11th September, or submit a question in advance.Tags: Be Tick Aware, Parasites, Press Release