November Vet Blog: Don't buy your pet from a puppy farm

November 01 2016

Puppy farms are profit-driven dog breeders. The mothers are often overbred, not fully vaccinated and they are often poorly socialised. There are also many puppies being advertised online who have been imported from puppy farms abroad. Sometimes these puppies have been imported illegally far too young and may have invalid rabies vaccinations. They may endure long journeys to reach the uk in inhumane conditions.

If you are thinking of buying a puppy, I'm sure you would want the best start for him. A very important part of this is where you buy your puppy. Unfortunately many people are seeing internet adverts for puppies and buying without any real idea of where their puppy has come from. Last year, 41% of people who bought a puppy did not see them with their mother first - these puppies are likely to have come from puppy farms.

Puppy farms are profit-driven dog breeders.  The mothers are often overbred, not fully vaccinated and they are often poorly socialised. There are also many puppies being advertised online who have been imported from puppy farms abroad. Sometimes these puppies have been imported illegally far too young and may have invalid rabies vaccinations. They may endure long journeys to reach the uk in inhumane conditions.

This all sounds dramatic and serious but why are we worried about where you buy your puppy?  If you do inadvertently buy from a puppy farm, the sad fact is that they are often not healthy, happy puppies; many develop serious medical conditions soon after they are picked up such as parvovirus. Being poorly socialised, they can also suffer from behavioural problems.

If you do see the mother and puppies together in a clean and comfortable home breeding environment, there are still some questions you need to ask. Is the mother vaccinated and have the puppies had any vaccines? Has the mother been wormed during pregnancy and lactation and have the puppies been treated for worms? Is the puppy’s paperwork in order? Is the puppy old enough to be adopted?

Make sure you read through the information on the kennel club website.  They have an assured breeder scheme with registered breeders and also the ifaw website in the puppy trade section. 

See www.thekennelclub.org.uk  and look at the ‘find a puppy’ section or ifaw.org.uk and look at the P.U.P.S. Campaign

If you would like more advice then give us a call at animal health centre on 0117 924 7832.