When you choose a puppy, you get a new furry family member that you’ll hopefully enjoy many magical adventures with. That’s why, for the sake of getting a healthy puppy, it’s worth going to a reputable breeder. Puppy Awareness Week (PAW) was launched for this reason. At The Insurance Emporium, we want your puppy to live a happy, healthy life. That’s why we asked our pet health expert to tell you all about PAW.

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PAW for thought

PAW was introduced to help would-be dog owners and the welfare of puppies. PAW runs from September 1st to the 7th this year and aims to ensure that soon-to-be dog owners are able to find a responsible breeder and a happy, healthy pup that is right for them. As well as avoiding heartache for owners, PAW is intended to improve welfare and breed standards by reducing puppy farming.

The problem with puppy farms

It is estimated that around one in four puppies in the UK have a poor start to life and are being bred on puppy farms. Here, these puppies are bred without care for their health and welfare, so many of them have behavioural and health problems. Many vets often see young puppies that have changed hands for financial gain so many times that they cannot be traced back to the original breeder.

Buyer beware 

Research found that more than one third of people who buy young dogs do not know how to find a reputable breeder. This could leave them open to puppy farms. What’s more, 22 per cent of respondents said, if they chose their puppy in 20 minutes or less, that they think they got their furry friend from a puppy farm. Of the pups who were bought in 20 minutes or less, 15 per cent experienced illness, ongoing veterinary treatment or death in the first six months.

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Shop safely

For owners looking for a new puppy, there are some precautions that could help them out. Consider it a red flag if you cannot see the puppy’s mother or its siblings and if the breeder does not allow you to access their premises. A reputable breeder should let you meet the puppy more than once to ensure that the two of you will get along well. They should also be prepared to answer questions and ask you many to ensure you’ll give the pup a good home.

If you’re looking for a new puppy then this blog might prove helpful and we’re sure there will be much more information handy throughout Puppy Awareness Week. Be sure that your puppy comes from a reputable breeder and, if you have any concerns about their health, contact your vet for advice.

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