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Buying a Puppy? Here's What You Should Know

11 September 2014

UK - The Kennel Club is calling on the veterinary profession to help clamp down on the cruel puppy farming trade, by making their clients aware of the importance of buying a puppy from a responsible breeder or rescue home.

With as many as one in four people buying pups directly online, through social media, from pet shops or free newspaper ads, outlets often used by puppy farmers, it is a growing problem.

The majority fail to see the puppy with its mum or in its breeding environment, and very few receive a puppy contract or relevant health certificates for the puppy's parents, which indicate the likely health of the pup.

The film shows the consequences of buying a puppy farmed pup, which can include costly treatment for parvovirus, worms, gastro-enteritis, kennel cough and pneumonia, and what a puppy buyer should expect to see when buying from a responsible breeder.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We need to raise awareness amongst puppy buyers about the importance of not buying from rogue dealers, who are making money at the expense of their dogs' welfare.

"The veterinary profession have a captive audience of animal lovers who can then go on to be great champions of the cause, spreading the message about buying a puppy responsibly further afield.

"If we could spread one simple message that people can easily remember it is 'ABS is Best' as the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the country that sets standards for and inspects dog breeders before they join the scheme and every three years, giving puppy buyers confidence in their credentials."

Marc Abraham, TV vet and founder of the Pup Aid campaign, said: "People need to understand that it is not acceptable to buy a puppy without seeing it interacting with its mum, without seeing the breeding environment, without a contract of sale, or without health test certificates; and need to know how to spot the signs of a puppy farmer early on, as once people get to a pet shop, garden centre or an irresponsible breeder's house, it's often too late because they want to rescue the pup."

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