Help STOP puppy farming
A puppy farm does not literally have to be a farm yard.
The Kennel Club defines puppy farmers as intensive volume breeders who have little regard or consideration for the basic needs and care for the dogs concerned.
Puppy farmers will:
– Separate puppies from their mothers too early
– Ignore guidelines about the maximum frequency of litters
– Sell puppies at ‘neutral’ locations instead of from their own homes
– Keep the puppies in poor conditions in order to save money
– Fail to socialise the puppies
– Fail to follow recommended breed specific health schemes
– Fail to ensure their pups are immunised and wormed
– Sell their breeding stock to pet shops
How to help stop puppy farming….Here’s what you can do
-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
– 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
One third of puppy buyers do not see their puppy with its mum and half do not see where their pup was born and raised. Almost three quarters do not see the relevant health test certificates for their puppy’s parents. These are breeding basics. Your puppy is for life, make sure the chance at life it’s been given is the best.
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.
For more information and advice on buying a puppy visitwww.thekennelclub.org.uk/paw
Protect your pet from the pain and distress of a maggot attack!
Flystrike is an unpleasant and distressing condition which occurs in the summer months when flies lay their eggs around an animal’s rear end. The eggs hatch into maggots which then feed on the animal by burrowing into its flesh.
It is most common in animals that live outside such as Rabbits & Guinea Pigs but any animal is susceptible. Unfortunately we’ve seen several cats this year too who have suffered from flystrike. Elderly and sick or injured animals are particularly vulnerable: they’re too weak or tired to shoo flies away.
Rabbits are the most common pets to be affected. If a rabbit hutch is not cleaned out every day, it soon becomes the focus of busy fly activity. At some stage, these circling flies lay their eggs around the tail area of the rabbit. By the time the owner notices and the rabbit is brought to the vet, there are hundreds of teeming maggots burrowing into the animal’s flesh. It can be impossible to cure.
Prevention is better than cure; some pets can be successfully treated although unfortunately for some pets this condition can be fatal.
Some steps to help prevent flystrike:
- Examine your pet each day to check their fur is clean, dry and not matted especially around the rear end. If you see any signs of maggots, remove them using soap and warm water, thoroughly dry the affected area and contact your vet immediately. A pet with urine or faeces around their bottom will attract flies making them far more at risk of flystrike.
- Ensure your rabbit has a balanced, complete high fibre diet to avoid digestive disturbances and dental problems. Soft faeces clumped around the bottom area are often an indication of lack of fibre. Lack of fibre in the diet also means a rabbits teeth do not wear down properly and become overgrown. Teeth which are overgrown prevent normal grooming and can also lead to dirty matted fur, which again increases the risk of flystrike.
- Feed complete foods from your vet to ensure that your pet’s diet is balanced with the correct amounts of fibre and protein and ensure your rabbit eats plenty of hay. They should always have fresh water available.
- Change soiled bedding every day. Use plenty of good quality absorbent bedding in your rabbit’s toilet area to avoid excess moisture.
- Once a week, thoroughly clean and disinfect the hutch. Remove everything from the hutch and disinfect with a purpose made solution suitable for use with small animals. Allow to dry and put in clean bedding
- Use Rear Guard to help prevent infestation of maggots especially during the summer months.
Check your pets daily to ensure they don’t suffer from flystrike.
Talk to us about protecting your pet pet against flies and maggots, telephone 01670 457271