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Record number of puppies seized from smugglers
Dogs Trust has issued new advice for anyone considering purchasing a puppy.

Dogs Trust issues new advice in the run-up to Christmas

An investigation by the Dogs Trust has revealed a record number of puppies being smuggled into the UK as the Christmas puppy trade gets underway.

In a statement, the organisation said nearly 100 puppies were seized in just one week during a covert operation at the UK border. It says this figure is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ as it expects many more puppies will be smuggled into the UK as the festive season approaches.

In light of their findings, Dogs Trust has issued new advice for anyone considering purchasing a puppy to ensure they are not tricked into buying one that might have been smuggled. The advice includes what to look for when buying a puppy, what to ask when meeting the puppy for the first time and why it is important to meet the puppy’s mother.

“Whilst many people’s purchases may be well intended, unbeknown to them the internet has become a thriving marketplace for advertising illegally imported puppies,” said Dogs Trust veterinary director Paula Boyden. “Buying an illegally imported puppy could potentially cost well-meaning but unsuspecting families thousands of pounds in quarantine and vet bills and emotional heartache for the family if the puppy falls ill or worse, dies.”

Under the Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals (Amendment) Order 2011, the maximum sentence for illegally importing puppies is three months. But with importers still making thousands of pounds every year, Dogs Trust says the punishment is not strong enough to deter them.

The charity is now calling on the government to increase penalties for those who illegally import puppies and for a significant overhaul of the pet checking system at ports. Paula says that members of the public also have a crucial role to play.

“We urge anyone who is considering getting a puppy this Christmas or beyond, to make sure a dog is for life not just for Christmas. Please do think about the breed and your lifestyle as well as following buyer advice to help limit the chances your puppy is a smuggled one.”

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Webinar to share tips on impactful consultations

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 A webinar to help veterinary professionals communicate more effectively with their clients is set to be hosted by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

Taking place on Thursday 30 September, 'Top Tips for Impactful Consultations' will be led by Suzanne Rogers, co-director of Human Behaviour Change for Animals and Dr Natasha Lee, chair of the WSAVA's Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee.

For more information about the webinar, click here

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.