Nearly one in 4 UK pet homeowners – some 5.2 million individuals – took on a pet with out doing any analysis, in keeping with the 2018 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report.
The determine – representing 24% of homeowners – has been described as “fairly stunning” by PDSA senior vet Rebecca Ashman, who believes lack of understanding previous to committing to pet possession is a contributory issue to rising welfare points surrounding pets right now.
Talking on behalf of the 100-year-old charity, she mentioned: “I feel the overarching level from this PAW report is 5.2 million individuals undertook no analysis earlier than they took on their pet.
“I feel that’s fairly stunning and we really feel loads of issues individuals see in apply might be resolved if potential homeowners have been doing analysis actually completely to grasp the welfare wants of the pet they’re going to take dwelling.
“It’s issues like 40% of homeowners don’t know their canine’s appropriate weight or physique situation rating, 77% of homeowners wish to change a number of of their cat’s behaviours – with out understanding why the animal is behaving that means – and why greater than half of rabbits are nonetheless dwelling alone.
“These large factors present if individuals actually understood easy methods to take care of their pet effectively, we hopefully wouldn’t see issues with pet weight problems, cats scratching furnishings and social animals dwelling alone.”
Interact with homeowners
Mrs Ashman continued: “I feel the most effective probability we’ve of bettering the state of affairs is partaking with homeowners as a lot as we will.
“For the time being, solely 5% of homeowners flip to the occupation earlier than they tackle a pet.
“That’s a statistic I’d actually wish to see enhance as a result of we’re the most effective place to supply evidence-based info to assist individuals make an knowledgeable alternative earlier than they tackle a pet.
“That means, they’ll know what the 5 welfare wants are, the lifetime prices of a pet and the place to responsibly supply the pet from.”
Mrs Ashman readily acknowledged many vets and VNs have been already making an attempt laborious to have interaction with homeowners, and applauded their efforts, however advised the occupation wanted to step up one other gear.
- Learn the complete story within the 18 June challenge of Veterinary Occasions.