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How healthy are the UK’s pets? PDSA launches new survey

Vet charity, PDSA, has launched an appeal to vets and vet nurses across the UK. The veterinary profession has been invited to contribute to the 2016 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report. Vets, vet nurses and students can share their views on the issues affecting the health and welfare of UK pets today by taking the online survey at by July 4.

Vicki Betton, PDSA policy and campaigns manager, said: “For the last five years, the PAW Report has provided valuable insight into the reality of pet health and wellbeing in the UK.

“It delivers a robust evidence base for our education programmes, campaigns and collaborative work, and enables us to track our impact on the pet wellbeing issues which are of most concern to the veterinary profession. It also provides an excellent opportunity for everyone to voice their opinions and have their say.

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“In 2015, two of the main concerns identified were lack of public understanding of the cost of pet ownership, and a lack of pre-purchase education relating to suitable pet choice. This was reinforced in our survey of pet owners, in which over 95% of pet owners incorrectly estimated the lifetime costs for their pet. As a result, we launched our #PawsFirst campaign to engage pet owners about how to choose the right pet for their lifestyle, while raising awareness of the lifetime costs of different species.”



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