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Pet vaccinations fall by 18 per cent
“It’s very worrying for vets and vet nurses to see a consistent decline in the number of pets receiving their primary vaccinations."

PAW report raises concerns about anti-vax movement

The number of UK pets receiving primary vaccinations has fallen by 18 per cent in just three years, according to new figures.

Findings from the 2019 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report have fuelled concerns that the ‘anti-vax’ movement in humans may also be affecting pets.

Primary vaccinations for dogs, cats and rabbits fell dramatically from 84 per cent in 2016, to 66 per cent in 2019, potentially leaving millions of pets at risk from deadly diseases.

Furthermore, a third of pets (32 per cent) are not receiving regular booster vaccinations.

Pet owners who did not vaccinate their pets said they chose not to because they felt it was ‘too expensive’ (17 per cent), their pet does not come into contact with other animals (17 per cent), vaccination is ‘unnecessary’ (16 per cent) or their pet ‘finds going to the vet very stressful’ (13 per cent).

PDSA senior vet Sean Wensley said: “It’s very worrying for vets and vet nurses to see a consistent decline in the number of pets receiving their primary vaccinations, as well as a third (32%) not receiving regular boosters. A resulting loss of herd immunity could see a resurgence in preventable diseases that can cause considerable suffering and death.”

Other key findings:

  • 1.9 million dogs (19 per cent) are left alone for five or more hours a day
  • 1.3 million dogs (13 er cent) are not walked everyday
  • 31 per cent of dog owners and 56 per cent of cat owners are not aware of their pet’s weight or body condition score
  • 43 per cent of cats live in a multi-cat household and 67 per cent of owners do not provide enough litter trays
  • 25 per cent of rabbits live in small hutches
  • 26 per cent of rabbit owners fail to feed hay as part of the main diet, while 21 per cent feed inappropriate muesli-style diets
  • Half of rabbits live alone (49 per cent).

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk