Animal charity PDSA is calling on pet owners in Milngavie and Bearsden to take part in The Big Pet Check – a fun digital tool designed to give owners an insight into the five welfare needs that all pets need to be healthy and happy.
The campaign was launched following shocking findings from the charity’s latest Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report, produced in conjunction with YouGov, revealing that the welfare needs of millions of UK pets are still being badly neglected - resulting in a nation of ill, lonely, aggressive, stressed and obese pets.
Nationally, awareness of the Animal Welfare Act is at an all time low with a shocking 8.3million pet owning households not familiar with the five basic things that pets need to be healthy and happy.
Locally, only 29 per cent of owners are familiar with the laws that govern pet ownership – significantly lower than the UK-wide figure of 38 per cent.
The report has also revealed that over half of pets in the area aren’t microchipped and 65 per cent aren’t insured. Pets are also missing out on basic health care, with a third not receiving annual life-saving vaccinations to prevent potentially fatal diseases.
Nicola Martin, PDSA’s Head of Pet Health and Welfare, said: “The PDSA Big Pet Check gives owners an insight into their pets’ five welfare needs. By answering a few simple questions about their pet’s life, owners will get advice on how to improve their pet’s wellbeing. We want to help the public turn their affection for their pets into positive action to help make a better life for the UK’s pet population.”
Take part in the PDSA Big Pet Check by visiting www.abetterlifeforpets.org.uk