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    July 5th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Lungworm, the ‘hidden killer’ parasite found in slugs and snails which can cause serious health problems in dogs and be fatal if not diagnosed and treated, could be an even greater threat this summer after another wet start to the season.

    Evidence from the Royal Veterinary College also confirms the lungworm parasite has spread across the UK, from its traditional habitat in the south of England and Wales, now being widespread in Central England and also reaching northern regions and Scotland.

    TV presenter Tess Daly knows just how devastating parasitic infections can be, having lost her beloved Golden Retriever Sam to suspected lungworm.

    To help keep other pets safe from deadly diseases, she is supporting the Be Lungworm Aware campaign, which helps pet owners not only spot the symptoms of this disease but also gives advice on how to prevent their dogs contracting it.

    There is a lungworm map available online that shows the prevalence of the disease across the UK. Vets continue to report cases of lungworm in their practices which are added to map, helping all of us to see where dogs could be at risk. There are currently over 3,000 reported cases of lungworm.

    Watch Bayer’s video, where Tess tells the heart breaking story of Sam’s battle and gives advice to pet owners on how to protect their pets by asking their vet for parasite prevention plans:

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    March 31st, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Owners of dogs with osteoarthritis are helping with the Bristol Dog Arthritis study being run by the University of Bristol, but even more dogs are needed to help.

    The study, led by Dr Jo Murrell and a team of animal health and welfare specialists in the School of Veterinary Sciences, hopes to find out more about osteoarthritis in dogs and ultimately improve the treatment of pain for dogs with this condition.

    Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis seen in dogs and is a very common cause of chronic pain, particularly in older dogs.  OA is a slowly progressing disease where the cartilage in the dog’s joints breaks down and causes friction between the bones resulting in outgrowths of new bone forming, known as osteophytes.

    The aim of the study is to increase researchers knowledge about pain related to OA in dogs; investigate the relationship between pain patterns in OA and pain mechanisms; and translate the idea of personalised pain therapy from people to dogs.

    Owners will be asked to bring their dog to the Vet School for four separate visits over a two-month period. The visits involve a full clinical examination by a vet, which will include a physical and orthopaedic examination; routine health screening of a blood sample; X-rays to assess the severity of osteoarthritis, sensory testing and follow-up advice about optimising pain treatment for the condition, provided by European specialists in surgery and pain management.

    Megan Goff, Research Technician in Companion Animal Studies, said: “We are delighted with the number of people who have registered their dog with the Bristol Dog Arthritis study but we need more dogs to take part. The more dogs that take part the more we can learn about the condition.

    “By participating in the study your dog will increase our knowledge about pain associated with osteoarthritis and make a contribution towards improving the lifelong welfare of the millions of dogs with osteoarthritis throughout the world.”

    Members of the public who own a dog over 12 kilograms in weight who is showing signs of OA in the hind limbs (hips and knees), such as stiffness after walks, less willingness to exercise or play, difficulty jumping or climbing stairs, and who live in Bristol and the surrounding area, are invited to take part in the project by emailing dogarthritis-study@bristol.ac.uk or telephoning 07510 993922.

    More information and a screening questionnaire can be found on the Bristol Dog Arthritis study website.

    The research team are also looking for healthy dogs over six years of age and of the same weight that are fit and well to participate in the study as a part of the control group.

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    July 6th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Today marks the fourth annual World Zoonosis Day, and  leading voices are uniting in call to work together to stop the preventable disease that causes 60,000 deaths annually; rabies. 

    Rabies is a zoonotic disease meaning that it can be transmitted from infected animals to humans, e.g. through a bite from a dog or bat. It is found on all continents except for Antarctica but thanks to rabies vaccines, it is 100% preventable.  Despite this, over 60,000 people still die from rabies each year making it one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.

    To mark the fourth annual World Zoonosis Day, the global animal medicines association HealthforAnimals has joined leading voices to highlight the economic paradox of the rabies crisis and call for urgent action to halt the spread of rabies and other zoonotic diseases once and for all.

    Rabies costs global economies an estimated $124 billion annually. Taking India as an example, post-bite immunisations cost the Indian economy over $25 million a year alone, yet more people die of rabies in India than anywhere else in the world. However, a rabies vaccine costs as little as £5 to vaccinate 20 dogs for one year.

    Up to 75% of all known human diseases are zoonotic in origin, and currently there are over 200 identified zoonotic diseases that represent a clear threat to human health and to the welfare of animals. To mark World Zoonosis Day, HealthforAnimals are focusing on rabies as one zoonotic disease that can be eradicated.

    HealthforAnimals Executive Director, Carel du Marchie Sarvaas said: “To address the global zoonotic threat, HealthforAnimals promote the use of preventive veterinary medicines and the widespread use and development of vaccines. These play an increasingly important role in the effective control of a variety of diseases.

    “However there are often barriers to implementing these technologies and the animal health industry must urgently work closely with NGOs, inter-governmental bodies, governments and regulators around the world to encourage access to medicines, in order to overcome solvable disease challenges.

    “Also important, is ensuring an environment that encourages continued innovation within the animal health industry, to ensure that we remain on top of the always shifting disease-scape, as pathogens themselves, and the environment in which they exist, continually change. Preventing rabies in dogs is widely regarded as one of the best options for reducing the number of deaths in humans.”

    HealthforAnimals are supportive of the work that leading not for profit, industry body and government organisations, including the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), WHO, OIE and the FAO, do to help not only raise awareness of the issue, but also improve disease surveillance and implement control strategies in at-risk areas.

    Prof. Louis Nel, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control said:

    “Today marks the 130th anniversary of the successful application on a human by Louis Pasteur of a vaccine for rabies. On July 6th 1885, Pasteur used the vaccine on 9 year old Joseph Meister who was badly mauled by a rabid dog. Louis Pasteur was hailed a hero and the rabies vaccine paved the way for the development of other vaccines.

    “We have come a long way since then and yet we still haven’t beaten rabies in some parts of the world. We can make rabies history if international institutions invested more in mass canine vaccinations. We know we can beat canine rabies if we vaccinate 70% of dogs. Canine vaccines are not only less expensive than injections for people; they are far less expensive than the critical care treatment of a human rabies case.

    “To achieve this, the animal and human health industries need to align and secure increased support and funding from international institutions for in-country rabies control programmes. Only then can we achieve a world free of rabies.

    To help raise awareness of the growing risk zoonotic diseases, including rabies, pose to human life, and animal health and welfare, HealthforAnimals have created an infographic that highlights the economic impact and global threat:

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    For many zoonotic diseases that threaten animal and human health, animal medicine solutions already exist. The animal health industry is actively working with governments and regulators around the world to try to overcome the many challenges that still exist, to ensure that veterinary medicines can be delivered quickly and effectively when needed.

    For more information about zoonotic disease and rabies specifically, visit the HealthforAnimals website at www.healthforanimals.org

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    December 10th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    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.

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    September 30th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    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…

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    September 30th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    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 .

     

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    September 12th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    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:

    Do

    • 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

    Don’t

    • 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.

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    September 9th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    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.

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    September 8th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Brighton is a city full of artists and dogs.  Artists and dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours and so it’s surprising that no one has thought of putting the two together before.  That’s all about to change and in rather a spectacular way.  ‘Down To The Bone‘ exhibition, to be held at ONCA Gallery, St George’s Place, Brighton will have over 75 different artists from all corners of the creative field and they have painted, drawn, stitched, sculpted, photographed and even written scores around the theme of the dog.

    Managed and curated by Brighton based Karen Lippitt and Sara Abbott, Down To The Bone will raise funds for street dogs both here and abroad, where basic rescue centres lack the humane resources we have in this country.  Karen, who also works in Spain and Portugal has been helping animals in distress through her organisation ‘Helping Paws‘ with the support of Brighton RSPCA for many years.  She was offered the environmentally focused ONCA gallery for a fund raising event by Director Laura Coleman, and she quickly enrolled Sara Abbott to oversee and run an exhibition there.  Sara also has a history of raising funds for dogs in need through her animal portraits and has used her connections with local and international artists to put together a show with works from the like of Rob Ryan, Graham Dean, Pure Evil, Chris Wright and Funky Red Dog, she has even arranged for K9 to be at the gallery for the duration of the show.

    Street Dog 1, by David Lloyd

    Street Dog 1, by David Lloyd

    There are a few special pieces too.  David Lloyd is responsible for ‘that’ mask from ‘V for Vendetta’ which has been seen across the globe – he will be showing drawings of dogs from early on in his career.  Kevin Freeman, one of Brighton’s finest designers and whose work combines art and fashion in glittering fusion is creating something unique and international illustrator Jacqueline Bissett, with book covers for Jackie Collins and work in Tattler and Vogue under her belt, has also produced a one off piece of work for the show.

    The exhibition is open at ONCA from the 25th to the 30th of September, entry is one can of dog food which will be added to ‘Dog Food Mountain’, a growing sculpture in itself to be transported to the dogs in need after the show.  ‘Meet the Artists’ during the evening of the 25th or join in the fun on the 26th when scooters and bikes ride out from the seafront for a traditional Brighton experience and park up in front of the gallery.  Over the weekend there will also be a programme of talks and story telling.

    Down To The Bone has been so generously supported with donations of catalogue printing, photography, sponsorship, wine and nibbles for the guests and even ‘doggie bags’ that it is being put together with no cost and so all the money raised will go to help animals not as fortunate as our own.  They even have a raffle with prizes including a villa for eight with a hire car, paw casts, portraits and beauty treatments. Tickets are £1 and can be brought through their Facebook page where you will also find details of all aspects of the show. Raffle tickets are also available from the RSPCA in Brighton where you can  meet the current lucky dogs who have already come to the UK through Helping Paws fund-raising efforts.

    Dalmation by Jacqueline Bissett

    Dalmation by Jacqueline Bissett

    There are many exhibitions in this art-fuelled city but this one is bringing together the best of all aspects – wonderful subject, deserving cause, exceptional and varied talent with work to suit every taste and pocket – and a whole lot of fun.  It’s recommended you visit and invest in something wonderful for your home, safe in the knowledge that it will also result in care and love being given where needed.

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    September 3rd, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    A new study released by the British Kennel Club this week has revealed that 20% of puppies acquired over social media sites or via the internet die before they reach 6 months of age.  They also revealed the shocking figure that, despite years of campaigning, one in three people buy dogs online, in pet stores or via newspaper adverts – outlets often used by puppy farmers. This problem is likely to grow, they say, as the younger generation favour mail order pups, and breeders of fashionable crossbreeds flout responsible steps.

    The research is released in conjunction with their new online video, which aims to promote responsible and sensible ways to acquire happy, healthy pups and prevent a welfare crisis.  They are also promoting their second annual “PAW – Puppy Awareness Week“, which starts on 7th September at PupAid in London.

    The full press release is below:

    We are sleepwalking into a dog welfare and consumer crisis the Kennel Club warns, as new research shows that more and more people are buying their pups online or through pet shops, outlets often used by cruel puppy farmers, and are paying the price with their pups requiring long-term veterinary treatment or dying before six months old.

    The Kennel Club’s Puppy Awareness Week research shows that as many as one in three may have bought from a puppy farm after sourcing their puppy from the internet, social media, pet shops or newspaper ads – all outlets that are often used by puppy farmers. This has increased from one in five last year. Puppy farmers breed dogs purely for profit, without taking any of the responsible steps that they should to protect the breeding dogs’ and puppies’ health and welfare.

    The increasing popularity of online pups is a particular concern. Of those who source their puppies online, half are going on to buy ‘mail order pups’ directly over the internet.

    The research found that:

    • One third of people who bought their puppy online, over social media or in pet shops failed to experience ‘overall good health’.
    • Almost one in five puppies bought via social media or the internet die before six months old.
    • 12 percent of puppies bought online or on social media end up with serious health problems that require expensive on-going veterinary treatment from a young age.
    • 94 percent of puppies bought direct from a breeder were reported as having good overall health.

    Furthermore, only half of people who bought their pups online or via social media said their puppy had shown no behavioural problems. This is a big problem in puppy farmed pups, which can display itself through unsociability around other dogs or people, fear of their surroundings or aggressiveness.

    There is currently very little regulation over dog breeders in the country so the Kennel Club established the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme in 2004, which now has UKAS recognition, to ensure that its members always follow responsible steps when breeding and selling puppies. However, the research has revealed that too many people are still going to unscrupulous breeders with:

    • One third of people failing to see the puppy with its mum
    • More than half not seeing the breeding environment
    • 70 percent receive no contract of sale
    • 82 percent were not offered post sales advice
    • 69 percent did not see any relevant health certificates for the puppy’s parents, which indicate the likely health of the puppy.

    These are all steps that Kennel Club Assured Breeders must take.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “More and more people are buying puppies from sources, such as the internet, which are often used by puppy farmers. Whilst there is nothing wrong with initially finding a puppy online, it is essential to then see the breeder and ensure that they are doing all of the right things. This research clearly shows that too many people are failing to do this, and the consequences can be seen in the shocking number of puppies that are becoming sick or dying. We have an extremely serious consumer protection and puppy welfare crisis on our hands.

    “We urge people to always buy a puppy from a member of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, who are the only breeders in the country whose membership is based upon their ability to show that the health and welfare of their pups comes first and foremost.”

    Worryingly, the research reveals that the problem is likely to get worse as mail order pups bought over the internet are the second most common way for the younger generation of 18-24 year olds to buy a puppy (31 percent buy in this way).

    The research also found that the owners of cross and mixed breeds are less likely to see the puppy with the mum and where it was born, with half not seeing the mum and 72 percent not seeing its home environment, leading to concern that unscrupulous breeders are cashing in on the fashion for dogs such as the Labradoodle and the Puggle.

    Marc Abraham, TV Vet and founder of the Pup Aid event taking place on the first day of Puppy Awareness Week on 7 September, said: “Sadly, if the ‘buy it now’ culture persists then this horrific situation will only get worse. There is nothing wrong with sourcing a puppy online but people need to be aware of what they should then expect from the breeder. For example, you should not buy a car without getting its service history and seeing it at its registered address, so you certainly shouldn’t buy a puppy without the correct paperwork and health certificates and without seeing where it was bred. However, too many people are opting to buy directly from third parties such as the internet, pet shops, or from puppy dealers, where you cannot possibly know how or where the puppy was raised.”

    Not only are people buying sickly puppies but many people are being scammed into paying money for puppies that don’t exist, as the research showed that seven percent of those who buy online were scammed in this way.

    The Kennel Club has launched an online video and has a Find A Puppy app, to show the do’s and don’ts of buying a puppy. View the video at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/paw.

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