[BVA News Release]
With Puppy Farm Awareness Day approaching on 19 September the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) are encouraging vets to take this opportunity to educate their clients about the high level of risk and about the potential health and welfare issues that their clients might inadvertently be buying into.
BVA President Nicky Paull said: “With the ongoing concerns regarding the health and welfare of pedigree dogs the serious problems of the health and welfare of farmed puppies must not be overshadowed.
“It is surprising that clients still think they are getting a good deal when buying from puppy farms and, in some situations, actually think they are doing the right thing by avoiding a registered pedigree.
“We wholeheartedly support any initiative that makes people stop and think before they buy the family companion from the ‘bloke down the road’ who might even have supplied the pet shop around the corner or advertised on the internet.
“Vets are ideally placed to help owners choose a puppy that will have the best chance of avoiding the sadness that health and welfare problems can bring by advocating careful sourcing of the family pet.”
Richard Dixon, BSAVA President, added: “The BSAVA couldn’t agree more and the entire small animal profession has a role to play in ensuring that the public make the right decision when it comes to their new puppy. As a profession we are well aware of the problems of puppy farming but the truth is that most of our clients know nothing about the issue.
“New owners and families quickly get caught up in the excitement of their new household addition by which time it is invariably too late to influence them.
“Giving the whole practice team, particularly the nursing staff, a role in pro-actively educating clients of the hazards of puppy farms is important in ensuring good decisions by new owners and better health and welfare for our nation’s pets.”