The PDSA PetCheck vehicle is the charity’s mobile pet wellbeing service. It’s accompanied by experienced vet nurses who will able to give advice based on the five welfare needs – diet, environment, companionship, behaviour and health.
Donna French, Veterinary Events Manager at PDSA said: “As the UK’s leading veterinary charity we are all about saving, protecting and healing pets.
“We are very excited that we’ll be bringing our PetCheck vehicle to the National Pet Show. This will be the first time the vehicle has appeared at any show outside of its usual programme, and we will be using it as a veterinary care advice point, where visitors will be able to come along and speak to our vet experts about any concerns they may have about their pet or discuss which pet they should bring into their homes.”
Nicole Cooper, Show Director, National Pet Shows added: “We are absolutely thrilled that the PDSA PetCheck vehicle will be making its event debut at the National Pet Show in May.
“Responsible pet ownership and the health and wellbeing of animals is at the heart of everything we do. We have found that our visitors have many questions regarding their pets and we are so happy that we can create an environment where they will feel free to ask any question they like – big or small.”
The 2015 PAW report carried out by PDSA found that only 31 percent of pet owners surveyed were familiar with their responsibilities as a pet owner as detailed in the Animal Welfare Acts and the five welfare needs.
The PDSA PetCheck tour is one of the major initiatives set up by the charity to increase awareness of these welfare needs.
The PetCheck vehicle will be at both National Pet Shows, taking place on 7 and 8 May 2016 (ExCeL, London) and 5 and 6 November 2016 (NEC, Birmingham). More information about the tour can be found at www.pdsa.org.uk/petcheck.