Puppy Awareness Week (PAW) starts today and part of the aim is to educate people on buying a pup so they don’t get one that may have come from a puppy farm. A recent survey was done by the Kennel Club and they asked how and where owners bought their pups and if the puppy had experienced any health issues.
The figures showed 17% of people who bought their puppy online, particularly from social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, said it died within 6 months of being purchased. Also, 12% claimed their puppy was in poor health and needed substantial medical treatment.
The figures are quite shocking and with more people buying pups online it is thought as many as 1 in 3 puppies are being bought over the internet. The Kennel Club are asking for people to not buy from people selling pups on social networking sites and to use rescue centres or reputable breeders.
Typically, puppy farmers will separate the pup from its mother too early and it will not be socialised with other puppies. They won’t follow guidelines regarding the maximum frequency of litters and won’t follow breed specific health schemes. The pups are not wormed or immunised and in a lot of cases they are kept in poor conditions. Also, the puppy farmer will meet you somewhere and will not invite you to their home so you can see where it was born. If you are in the process of getting a puppy and the breeder wants to meet you in a car park or somewhere that isn’t their home, alarm bells should ring as it is more likely you will be buying a dog from a puppy farm.
If you intend on getting a puppy for yourself or as a gift, please use a reputable breeder. Alternatively, pop along to a local rescue centre as they will have lots of dogs looking for a forever home.
If you are going to go through a reputable breeder here are a few pointers:
Always go to a reputable breeder. Look for reviews,recommendations from others people or ask your vet for advice
When you speak to a breeder ask to see the puppy’s mother. Also, take a look at the conditions of the kennels if the dogs and pups are not kept in the breeder’s home.
Ask the breeder for any certificates or documentation regarding the health of the puppy and its parents.
You may be put on a waiting list. It will be worth it if you want a healthy puppy.
If you take the puppy home and things don’t work out a responsible breeder will let you return it. It’s always best to check with them before you take the puppy away.
Overall, if something doesn’t ring true or feel right, don’t buy the puppy.
With our puppy package your pup can get :
1st and 2nd Vaccinations
One month of flea and worm treatment (inc Lungworm)
An invitation to our puppy party
All this for £30 saving you £45.
Alternatively, if you know someone who is getting a puppy and might find our guide and offers useful please pass on the link to our website so they can download their own copy
Also, if you have a friend who is getting a puppy, refer them to us and if they take advantage of the £30 puppy package you will get £10 credit added to your Cherrydown account. You can download a referral form by clicking HERE
If you have any questions about any of this please contact us at the clinic or leave a comment on our Facebook page