Almost Half Of Pet Owners Take ‘Peternity’ Leave

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With the summer holidays nearly upon us, a new study* by Pets at Home has revealed that it is not only childcare that British workers are having to consider.

Nearly half (48%) of British pet owners admit to taking time off work – or ‘peternity’ leave – to look after their pet.

And proving that our furry friends are just as important as children to many owners, a parent is more likely to take time off work to look after their pet (50%), opposed to non-parents (44%). Men (52%) are more likely than women (44%) to take time off to look after their pet, proving that a dog really is a man’s best friend.

On average, British adults take off three days annually to look after their pet, compared to an average of seven days taken to look after their child. The most common reason given is that their pet was unwell (35%) or recovering from an operation (28%).

Nearly a quarter (24%) will use their holiday leave to stay at home with a pet, with 13 percent of those surveyed planning to take time off over the summer to be with their pet – four days (3.7) on average. However, a fifth of pet owners admitted calling in sick to care for their pet.

Mark Smith, Pet Operations Manager at Pets at Home, said: “There is no denying that our pets are part of the family, but it’s important to understand that pet care requires a lot of responsibility and a certain amount of flexibility when it comes to taking time off from work look after pet. It’s reassuring that 71% of pet owners said that the decision to take time off of work for their pet was an easy one.

“At Pets at Home, one of our goals is to educate the next generation of pet owners about the huge responsibility of owning a pet. Our My Pet Pals summer workshops will take place in stores across the UK over the summer holidays, and both parents, children and their pets are welcome!”

My Pet Pals Summer workshops will run at more than 425 Pets at Home stores across the UK using fun, interactive activities to educate the next generation of pet owners on how to care for small furry animals, reptiles and fish responsibly.

After completing the workshops, each child will receive a workbook, certificate and stickers, along with a pet promise card where they make a pledge to look after any pet they have according to the five welfare needs, covering habitat, health, wellbeing, diet and behaviour.

To find out more about My Pet Pals Summer workshops and book your place in your nearest store, please visit petsathome.com/workshops

***Based on a survey of 2,000 pet owners in May 2016

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Free ‘Goody Box’ Helps Homeless Look After Their Dogs

Homeless and other struggling dog owners in Bristol are being given some additional support from today, with an innovative new service that gives out free dog support packs to those in need.

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The Hound Haus is a subscription service that allows customers around the UK to receive a monthly box of dog goodies; the company then uses the profits to produce and distribute free boxes to struggling or homeless owners.

The free boxes contain food, blankets, leads, bowls, flea and worming products as well as treats, chews and toys.

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The Hound Haus is starting a new series of sessions at the end of July that will run monthly across the city. Free packs will be available to pick up, as well as access to vets, at the sessions for small queries, and the RSPCA for more serious treatment.

The Hound Haus is also working in conjunction with Caring in Bristol to provide advice and signposting for struggling owners to find work and housing options available to them and their dog.

The boxes are an important aid to struggling or homeless owners as it gives owners the confidence that their dogs are being cared for and lets them concentrate on their on other struggles be it employment, financial difficulties, disability or something else.

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In attendance is also a St Mungo’s outreach worker; to help with any issues owners may be experiencing. The sessions are created to be as helpful as possible on a number of levels; from meeting the needs of the dogs to ongoing support for the owner.

The aim is to support owners to prevent more dogs from ending up in shelters. With as many as 200 dogs a day being abandoned or given over to shelters around the UK, The Hound Haus aim to help the dogs, the owners and in turn reduce the demands on animal shelters.

The Hound Haus, was started last year by Verity Jones, a young Bristolian entrepreneur who has help from friends and family volunteers to get everything started.

She said: “I have always loved dogs and have been working with homeless people for a while when I decided there needed to be a service that helped struggling owners out. Dogs are so rewarding and can be so much more than a pet to many people so to be able to help people and dogs to live a better life is an important job.

“As well as being very important, dogs can become a barrier to homeless people in accessing the services that are important to helping them. With very few shelters and soup kitchens allowing dogs in around the city these people are simply not getting the help they need.

“For the dogs; it keeps them out of kennels and away from the stress that separation can cause. For the owners, dogs can be a great sense of comfort, safety and companionship for someone suffering homelessness, depressions or a stressful situation.”

All information for either the public wanting to buy boxes or homeless or struggling owners seeking free boxes is available at: www.thehoundhaus.com

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The Dog Treat Company: Delicious & Ethically Sourced Dog Treats

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It’s always niggled us that the phrase ‘pet treat’ is frequently deployed as a ‘time out’ from sensible thinking. You don’t have to peer too hard at some treat labels to discover that they can be riddled with synthetic colours, ‘artificial nasties’ and flavour enhancing sugar & salt which combine to create a ticking time bomb of pet misery and escalating veterinary bills.

Treats needn’t turn their backs on nutritional balance and ethically-sourced human-grade ingredients, which is why we at The Dog Treat Company insist on only mixing free-range eggs and chicken liver with our GMO-free herbs and spices to create recipes that are deliberately low in fat yet brimming with beneficial vitamins, amino acids and minerals.

This month we’d like to focus on three of our top-selling lines ‘Run Free,’ Joie De Vivre & ‘Take My Breath Away.’

Run Free: Just the right amount of pumpkin seeds, Devil’s claw and eggshell is included so your pet enjoys the benefit of strong bones and supple, well-oiled joints.

 

Joie De Vivre: Making the best of every moment means a finely-tuned immune system, which is why this particular recipe leans upon the highly prized ‘inner oomph’ associated with beetroot, echinacea and rooibos.

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Take My Breath Away: In this recipe the priority is to smother canine halitosis, which is why a liberal dash of parsley and coconut oil (nature’s breath fresheners) sits at the heart of this recipe.

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In short, The Dog Treat Company believes firmly in the notion that Nature Always Knows Best!

For more information and to buy, please visit: www.thedogtreatcompany.co.uk.

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Puppy Love…

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Two young red Labrador brothers on their way to a lake for a swim – photo taken by US based amateur photographer Elouise Leland, which came 2nd in the Dogs at Play category of the Kennel Club’s annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition.

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Has TV Finally Gone To The Dogs?

Prototype of first-ever TV remote control for dogs is launched!

Rocky the Boxer tests a prototype of the first ever dog remote control

Rocky the Boxer tests a prototype of the first ever dog remote control

A prototype of the first ever dog TV remote with extra-large buttons for clumsy paws has been created by experts, allowing dogs to control the TV when their owner leaves the room.

Pet food brand, Wagg, has been working closely with Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas, PhD Researcher in Animal Computer Interaction Design at the University of Central Lancashire, to develop the prototype which will allow canines to control the TV for the first time.

Dan Reeves, from Wagg, said: “We know that people can feel a little guilty about leaving their dogs in a room alone for a short while, whether it’s to pop to the shops or cook dinner in the kitchen, so we wanted to create something that would keep the dog entertained and reassure owners of their well-being. Dogs are a key part of family life so, why shouldn’t they get to choose what to watch on TV every now and then, just like the rest of us?”

The remote marks the next step in the growing trend of animal computer interaction (ACI), which has seen many pet-focused apps and interactive toys launch over the past few years.

Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas said: “Recent research found the average dog now watches more than nine hours of TV a week, showing that technology is already playing a huge part in our pets’ lives. A TV provides an interactive space which allows dogs to have a source of entertainment, particularly when its owner is out of the room.

“We’ve had to take into account many different factors when designing the remote. For example, although dogs generally have a 240 degree vision, they have fewer colour sensitive cones than humans, which results in them being red-green colour blind. To address this, we’ve made sure the remote is blue and yellow as dogs are most receptive to these colours.”

The prototype is used in a similar way to a normal TV remote and is made of a hard-wearing waterproof plastic. It includes:

– Large paw-friendly buttons with raised surfaces to avoid paw slippage
– Yellow and blue colours as these are preferred colours for dogs
– Squeak-like sounds that omit a lower-intense frequency and appeal to dogs
– A hole to attach a rope toy for the dog to interact with and carry the remote

The model remote is currently being trialled with a specialist panel of pooches, with experts monitoring their reactions to the buttons, sounds and colours. Following the analysis stage, Wagg will approach tech companies with a view of putting the model into mass production.

Rachael Webb, owner of Rocky the boxer (pictured), who is taking part in the trial said: “After a bit of initial sniffing and licking, Rocky really engaged with the remote. After seeing it in action, I would definitely be reassured leaving him in a room with the remote to entertain him and keep him occupied.”

Reeves added: “Recent research carried out by Wagg, looked at the extent to which television plays a part in the lives of our dogs – with a staggering 91 percent of owners admitting their pet regularly sits on the sofa and watches TV with them.

“At Wagg, we believe that dogs are integral to special relationships, particularly within the home. We know that TV brings people and pets together and we’re really pleased with the initial prototype. We hope other dogs enjoy it as much as Rocky has!”

The prototype design has been commissioned by Wagg to mark the launch of Dogglebox, a one-off spoof specially created for YouTube with a completely canine cast.

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YHA England & Wales Goes Dog-Friendly

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In a very welcome move by YHA (England and Wales), dogs are now welcome to stay with their owners at Youth Hostels that offer camping and cabins accommodation.

The move will not only enable YHA to reach new customers but also enable dog owners to take advantage of nearly 60 YHA sites that offer camping pods, cabins, tipis, bell tents and pitch up facilities in their grounds.

Dogs will be charged £5 a night, however there will be no additional charge for dogs where owners choose to bring their own tents and use the pitch up facilities available at 31 Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales.

To ensure that all guests have the best experience when staying at dog-friendly sites, YHA has developed a doggy code of conduct which requires dogs to be micro chipped and fully vaccinated to ensure the safety and wellbeing of other animals and guests. Additionally, owners must keep their pets on a lead at all times, including external areas.

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To make the most of the fabulous locations that many rural Youth Hostels boast, YHA has invested £1 million in camping, glamping and cabin facilities at 63 of its Youth Hostels since 2015. The decision to allow dogs to stay in the network, coupled with the investment in camping and cabin facilities, is making YHA more accessible to even more people and will enable the youth hostelling charity to capitalise further on the increase in staycations in the UK.

Explaining the decision to allow dogs to stay in the YHA network, Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales) said: “We identified that a barrier to many people staying with us is the fact they can’t also bring their pooches. We have invested heavily in our camping and cabins accommodation provision within the network over the last 12 months so this has enabled YHA to relax its policy on dogs. It’s a move that I know will be welcomed by many people who want to stay with YHA. Now the whole family can enjoy a stay with us.”

For further details of all Youth Hostels in England and Wales, or to make a booking, visit www.yha.org.uk.

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COMPETITION: Win 3D Sculpture Of Pet Who Has Passed Over Rainbow Bridge

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To celebrate Pet Remembrance Day (next Tuesday July 5), pet lovers are in with a chance of winning a life-like copy of a beloved departed pet.

All competition entrants need to do is to submit photos of their deceased companion animals by 12 midnight on Pet Remembrance Day (5th July). To enter, just use the hashtag #PetRemembranceDay together with one photo on either Twitter or Facebook.

The lucky winner will receive a 3D pet sculpture created using photos of the deceased pet that will faithfully capture its individual characteristics.

All entries will be submitted in to a competition to win one 3D sculpture of the pet by Arty Lobster.

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Pet Remembrance Day has been set up to provide an opportunity for people to celebrate the increasing number of ways in which to commemorate our pets. Pet lovers are also being asked to support the national day’s partner The Oldies Club, a national charity, which rehomes dogs aged seven and over.

A Twitter chat will take place on Tuesday July 5 using the hashtag #PetRemembranceDay for people to show their support and share thoughts and photos.

Lars Andersen, Managing Director of Arty Lobster, said: “A growing part of our customer base is served by people looking for that lasting memento mori of their pet. People want to have a good send off for their pet, which is most usually their dog or cat companion. They also want ways of remembering their pet and its quirks and character traits and the importance it played in their lives and the life of the family.”

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Marie Carter, Editor of Pets Magazine, said: “Sadly, many people still do not understand that for many pet owners, dogs and cats in particular, are now regarded as ‘family members’. Of course, people realise they are pets and as such have generally much shorter lives than people, but that doesn’t underestimate the real grieving experienced.

“There is a real need to recognise that, and for relatives, friends and employers to take into account the real, and often overwhelming, sense of loss. Arty Lobster’s pet sculptures are a wonderful way for pet owners to remember a deceased pet.”

TV Vet Emma Milne added: “For me, like everyone else, animals are part of the family. My ‘boys’, Pan and Badger, were with me for 15 years through thick and thin and their loss utterly crushed me. Events like Pet Remembrance Day are hugely important to bring people together through shared anguish and unite them to help them remember the great times with their pets rather than just the final moments.”

To donate to The Oldies Club, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/oldies/donate

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Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition runs to 12 midnight on Tuesday July 5
  2. The winner will be notified via email
  3. There is no cash alternative to the stated prize
  4. The prize is available subject to availability
  5. By entering, you agree that personal details may be supplied to our partner
  6. company providing the prize and will take part in marketing activity to promote the competition
  7. Please note that this competition is open only to entrants who are currently resident in the UK
  8. The winner will be notified via email within 7 days from the closing date.
  9. If the prize is not claimed within 14 days of the notification email being sent the prize will be reallocated
  10. No correspondence will be entered into and the judges’ decision is final

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The Amazing Work Of The Medical Detection Dogs

The average dog's nose is 10,000 times more sensitive to odours than the human nose.

The average dog’s nose is 10,000 times more sensitive to odours than the human nose.

At its headquarters in Buckinghamshire, UK charity MEDICAL DETECTION DOGS is harnessing a time-old technology to pioneer a brand new method of early cancer detection. Remarkably, the charity trains dogs to recognise the smell of human disease before even the symptoms are felt.

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Dr Claire Guest ©Janine Warwick

DR CLAIRE GUEST, animal behaviourist and director of the charity Medical Detection Dogs, has dedicated the last ten years to exploring the possibility that dogs could be the solution to the ever more pressing problem of early cancer detection.

She set the charity up in 2008 in partnership with Dr John Church, a former orthopaedic surgeon. Four years previously, both had worked on the first significant study to investigate the possibility that dogs could detect human cancer.

Dr Guest explains: “For hundreds of years humans have worked with dogs in every aspect of our lives. Dogs have helped us catch our food, protected us, found us when we’re lost and consistently provided loyalty and affection.

“They are tuned into our moods and our behaviour. If you take into account this intimate relationship and combine it with their extraordinary sense of smell, which is powerful enough to detect one drop of blood in three Olympic-sized swimming pools of water, the idea they can pick up the odours related to human disease is really not so hard to believe.”

As life expectancy has risen and healthcare improved, the threat of cancer has grown. One in two nowadays will be diagnosed with cancer. In spite of this, little progress has been made in the sphere of early detection.

Prostate cancer is a salient example. The traditional prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests have a 75 per cent false positive rate. This leads to three in four men with a positive result unnecessarily undergoing a second round of painful, invasive tests.

In contrast, secondary screening provided by the dogs would involve a painless, non-invasive and cheap process of sending a urine sample to the bio-detection unit in Buckinghamshire.

Working one at a time with a trainer, the cancer detection dogs are presented with eight urine samples on a carousel, one of which contains cancer. The dog sniffs each sample until it finds the one that contains the cancer volatiles. The dog then sits and stares fixedly until the trainer confirms a correct identification and rewards the dog with a treat.
The detection dogs never come into contact with the patients who volunteer to donate their samples.

In these types of training trials, the cancer detection dogs have recorded 93 per cent reliability.

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Daisy © Emma Jeffery

The charity is currently completing two training trials, one into the detection of breast cancer using breath samples and another into prostate, bladder and kidney samples using urine samples. The research will be double-blind tested and peer reviewed.

Is Dr Guest frustrated by the slow process of turning her research into a functioning secondary screening service available on the NHS?

“Yes and no. Of course it’s frustrating that right now there are people all over the country – and indeed across the world – who cannot be screened by the dogs instantly and receive the quick, accurate answer to this most important question of all.

“However, you would expect – and demand – the level of scrutiny we have faced to be applied to any new technology in healthcare. It is people’s lives that are at stake and so it is vital we can prove conclusively that our dogs achieve a high level of reliability.”

While the cancer work makes steady progress, the second arm of the charity is already saving the lives of sixty individuals across Britain with long-term conditions on a daily basis. Of these, the majority suffer from brittle type 1 diabetes, a severe form of the condition which means sufferers get no warning signs that their blood sugar is nearing crisis levels.

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Jobi © Emma Jeffery

Claire Moon, a diabetes nurse from Cambridge has brittle type 1 diabetes herself and was one of the first to receive a dog from the charity.

“I used to stay awake, or wake up every hour overnight, testing my blood sugars 20 times a day,” she says. “I feared not waking up in the morning because my body has stopped giving me warning signs, such as dizziness or blurred vision, when my blood sugar dips dangerously low.”

Now Claire has Magic, a bounding golden Labrador who remains at her side wherever she goes. “Magic has alerted me hundreds of times and saved the NHS thousands of pounds by preventing emergency call-outs. I used to be rushed to hospital in a critical condition about once every month.

“Before Magic, I had to give up my job; now he’s a firm favourite on my ward. I call him the blond bombshell!”

Gemma Faulkner at only 13 years old has had to deal with more than most people her age. Diagnosed with brittle type 1 diabetes a month before her third birthday, her condition has meant frequent stays in hospital and the fear of lapsing into a coma at night.
Thanks to the charity, she now has Polo, an energetic black Labrador. Polo is firmly one of the Faulkner family.

Gemma’s mother recalls the first time Polo alerted during the night to Gemma having a hypo. “He came into our bedroom and came up to me. I knew he was telling me there was a problem. We tested Gemma’s blood and her blood sugar levels had fallen dangerously low.”

For Gemma, Polo is more than just a life-saver: “He is my new best friend. I love him so much. We have great fun running through puddles and playing ball. He makes me feel safe and confident – I can’t imagine life without him!”

Dr Guest is ever pragmatic, but nevertheless remains resolutely optimistic about the future. “We know we have revealed a remarkable ability dogs have to detect dangerous chemical changes in our bodies. These highly sensitive bio-detectors should not be underestimated just because they possess waggy tails!”

The charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on charitable donations. For more information please visit: http://medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk.

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Why Are So Many Pets Overweight?

LaurenOtleyBy LAUREN OTLEY, Canine Nutrition Consultation & Therapy www.thedognutritionist.com

Just like humans, pets become overweight when their calorific intake exceeds their energy output. In other words too much, or the wrong type of food, and too little exercise!

Whilst inappropriate nutrition and overfeeding are primary causes of pet obesity, there are certain factors that make some pets more prone to weight gain than others. You may think your roly-poly dog looks cute, and you find it hard to resist those eyes, but obesity can cause serious health and welfare implications.

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As a pet owner, it is crucial to pay close attention to diet and exercise, particularly if your pet falls into one of the high risk categories:

Some BREEDS are more prone to obesity than others

Risk increases with AGE

NEUTERED pets are more at risk (particularly females)

Elderly or less active OWNERS are more likely to have overweight pets

Certain ILLNESSES can cause weight gain

We all know being fat is not an optimum body condition and, the majority of us would not want to do anything to put the health of our animal at risk. So why do we still have such a problem with pet obesity? The answer is that generally, there is a misconception about what an ideal weight looks like.

Recently, I met a lady who was worried that her puppy was too thin and wasn’t eating enough compared to her sister. Looking at her dog, I could see she was a healthy weight and if anything, could have done with losing a little not gaining it! It emphasised to me that fat pets are so common, people have started to think that is what they should look like. This has resulted in owners of healthy, fit animals believing, or being incorrectly told by others, that their pets are underweight.

Obesity shortens lives

The health implications associated with pet obesity are often underestimated. Excess weight puts strain on all areas of the body, not just the joints and limbs. It contributes to many health problems and chronic disease such as:

 

  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cancers

Lethargy resulting from being overweight can sometimes mask illness, delaying diagnosis and treatment. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention states that being obese reduces life expectancy by 2.5 years.

 

Is my pet fat?

You can assess your pet’s condition by observing what their body looks and feels like. Do this regularly, and make note of any changes.

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Healthy weight Overweight/Obese
RIBS Easily felt but not seen Cannot be felt
WAIST (veiwed from above) Definitive waist tucking in behind the ribcage No waist, or the waist is wider than the ribcage
ABDOMEN (viewed from the side) Clear abdominal tuck – i.e. the area behind the ribs should be smaller in diameter than the ribcage No abdominal tuck

 dreamstime_xs_53395032My top tips:

#1 Feed a good quality diet my number 1 rule! If you do not start with a good diet, maintaining your pet’s condition will be an uphill struggle.

#2 Feed less – it really is as simple as that. If your pet starts to look a little bit on the tubby side, just feed them a little less. Please don’t take feeding guidelines on food labels as gospel: the best way to decide how much to feed your pet is to look at their condition. If they are a healthy weight eating 200g less than what it says on the packet, that is all they need.

#3 Treats in moderation the bottom line is, we all love to give treats! It makes us happy and it makes our pets happy, but it is  important not to overdo the extra snacks. If you are doing lots of training with your dog, feed small, good quality treats and nothing too fatty. If you want to give treats every day, set an appropriate allowance and stick to it (no, the allowance should not be 50 treats a day!). If your pet breaks into the treat tin or you have a friend that likes to spoil them, just reduce the size of their main meal that day to compensate.

# Exercise Ensure there is a good balance between the amount of food your pet consumes and their activity level. Remember, mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise: it helps to burn calories too!

Keeping our animals at an optimum weight should be at the top of our list of priorities regarding their welfare.  Let’s all keep educating and spreading the word – we want a nation of fit pets, not fat ones!

For further information, please visit: www.thedognutritionist.com or  Instagram: @thedognutritionist (www.instagram.com/thedognutritionist.)

Sources : Association for Pet Obesity Prevention: Obesity Facts and Risks; RSPCA : Pet Obesity

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How To Protect Your Pet From ‘Petnapping’

All puppies should be microchipped

All puppies should be microchipped

Pet theft, or ‘petnapping’, which most usually involves dogs, is sadly on the rise. In the last two years, police have recorded over 4,500 offences involving stolen dogs in England and Wales, so what’s to be done to stop our pets being snatched?

Lucy Ross, an animal specialist and Head of Training at retailer Pets Corner, has put together an owner’s guide to help safeguard your dog from theft and what to do if an animal is stolen.

“The emotional impact of losing a cherished pet is profound so if an animal goes missing it can be an incredibly distressing time for its owners,” Lucy says.

“There are a number of things that owners can do to help protect their pet from thieves as well as procedures they can follow if an animal is taken.”

Microchipping and tags

In April 2016 it became a legal requirement for all dog owners in England, Wales and Scotland to get their dogs microchipped.

Lucy said: “Microchips are not a replacement for ID tags on collars – legally all dogs need to have both. Having clear identification details on your pet means it can be quickly reunited with its owner should it get lost. Remember to make sure your details are always kept up-to-date and to replace ID tags as soon as possible should anything change.”

GPS dog trackers

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Whistle’s activity tracker

“Advances in technology mean keeping track of your dog whilst out and about has become a lot easier,” said Lucy.

“Dog trackers fit to your dog’s collar and use GPS signals to provide live tracking information 24 hours a day. They are ideal when you are out and about on walks or simply want to monitor your dog’s activity.

“Products such as the Dog Tracker Nano will even allow you to set safety zones around your location with audible alerts should your dog wander too far from you.”

Pets in public

Lucy continued: “Avoid leaving your pet alone in public places or cars. If you know your schedule will include visiting somewhere that dogs aren’t allowed, then it is safer to leave them at home.

“When getting your dog out of the car at the end of a journey, make sure they are attached to you by their lead to keep them safe and secure.”

Lost and found

Lucy added: “If your dog is stolen then inform the police immediately. They take all crimes very seriously and will issue you with a Crime Reference Number. You should also contact your local authority dog warden service, local vets, any rescue centres and The Petlog Reunification Service to make them aware your dog has gone missing.

“Share photographs and information about when and where your dog was last seen with as many sources as possible. Posting details on social media and encouraging others to share, contacting the media as well as internet-based search organisations will all improve your chances of reuniting you with your dog.”

If you have experienced the loss of a pet and need help, please contact the Pet Bereavement Support Service on 0800 096 6606.

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