Are you thinking of buying a puppy?

Buying a puppy can be a time full of questions and decisions like what breed you would like, what are you going to name them and where are they going to sleep. But before you buy a puppy the biggest decision is often where you are going to buy the puppy from.

Puppies can be sourced from an increasing number of places especially with the increase in internet sources. It is therefore vital for you to consider and investigate where you are choosing your puppy from. Here are some helpful tips and considerations to make sure you are choosing a puppy from a reputible and reliable breeder.

I would always advise if you are looking to get a new puppy that you visit the puppy at home with its mother. This gives you the chance to talk to the breeder, to assess the cleanliness or otherwise of the establishment and to get an overall “feel” for the level of care and attention that the puppy has had.

Unfortunately, increasing numbers of puppies are being imported illegally into the U.K from puppy farms in Eastern Europe. These puppies are being sold via adverts on the internet and in newspaper small ads. They are accompanied by false and forged documentation which leads buyers to believe they have been imported legally or bred in the U.K.

The U.K is a rabies free country and the rules and regulations surrounding animal imports are in place to protect this rabies free status. Puppies are being smuggled into the U.K without first having been vaccinated against rabies, or they have been given the vaccination too young therefore making it ineffective.

If found to have been illegally imported, the puppy will be taken into quarantine and the fees must be paid by the owners of the puppy, not the seller and could be in excess of £1000!

Top tips to remember when buying a puppy:

1. Be suspicious if the seller cannot show you the puppy with its mother and litter mates. View the puppy where it was bred.
2. Get as much information about where the puppy has come from and beware if the seller is from outside the UK.
3. If the puppy has been vaccinated ask to see the documentation. This must clearly state the veterinary practice where this was carried out. Be suspicious if the address of the veterinary practice is outside the UK.
4. If the seller informs you that the puppy has been brought in from another country it should have a pet passport or a veterinary certificate.
5. NEVER agree to have the puppy delivered to your home address or to meet the seller to collect the puppy. If the seller wants you to do this be very suspicious.
6. NEVER pay for the puppy in advance.

Simon Robinson

If you would like any more advice on purchasing a puppy, please contact Strathmore Veterinary Clinic 01264 352323