Updated April 3, 2020
Update 2017: new dog & cat laws in South Australia are just around the corner. Also read about our help in successfully prosecuting a puppy farmer.
While there are many good breeders we encourage new puppy owners to be aware of where their puppy has come from. Until we have effective legislation, this is the only way we can help to reduce unethical breeding. With that in mind we have formulated a list of questions new puppy owners should ask before purchasing a pup.
- Have the puppies had a full veterinary health examination and their first vaccination
- Have the breeding dogs and puppies been given the same veterinary care expected for all pets?.
- Have the breeding females been bred only between the ages of one and six years, and only at every second season?
- Have the adult dogs been exercised every day or are they confined continuously?
And of course, PLEASE call us for our health advice before choosing a breed? It is also worth finding out about the common breed-related health conditions and what breeders should be testing for.
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By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. These articles are from a series regularly posted on email and Twitter. Subscribe via email here to never miss a story!