Canine gift brand Yappy.com has become the latest organisation to join the national Safe Pets and People campaign.
Safe Pets and People ambassador, qualified veterinary nurse and canine first aid expert Rachel Bean, said: “It is essential that our pet service industries take the welfare of animals seriously and make sure they know what to do in an emergency.
“Many businesses do courses themselves because they really care, but without regulation we can never be sure that all animals are in good hands when they go to the groomer, sitter or walker.
She added: “It is wonderful that firms like Yappy.com are taking their responsibilities seriously too, and by spreading the word they are helping Safe Pets and People to make this much-needed change.”
Alison Parsons, PR manager at Yappy.com, added: “The team regularly brings their dogs into the office on a rotation basis and we’re always looking for new ways to improve our environment to ensure that the dogs are happy and safe.
“Our team recently attended Rachel Bean’s Canine First Aid course to ensure that our dog-loving team are better equipped to understand basic first aid and what to do if your pet is choking or suffering from heatstroke. After taking part in the course, our staff felt much more confident that they would know what to do if their pet falls ill or becomes injured.”
Sarah Mackay and Fern Gresty of the iPET Network, which has spearheaded the campaign, said: “Thank you to Yappy.com for throwing their weight behind Safe Pets and People. This is an important cause, and we don’t think that lots of people realise that the pet professionals they trust don’t actually need to know what to do in a crisis.
“Big brands like Yappy.com spreading the word helps to get our message across to more people than ever, and we hope that everyone will sign the petition and make their feelings known.”