Vets and nurses across the UK have just over two weeks left to have their say on the ongoing health of the nation’s pets, in the PDSA’s annual pet wellbeing survey.
Vets and nurses across the UK have just over two weeks left to have their say on the ongoing health of the nation’s pets, as part of the PDSA’s annual pet wellbeing survey.
For the past two years the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report has quizzed thousands of cat, dog and rabbit owners about how they keep their animals and how they measure up to the five pet welfare needs of environment, diet, behaviour, companionship and health, as outlined in the Animal Welfare Act.
Previously, the charity has also asked hundreds of veterinary professionals what they believe are the top issues cat, dog and rabbit issues in practice, and is again calling on vets and VNs to voice their opinions.
PDSA vet Nicola Martin said: “The views of the profession are vital in building a full picture of the state of our pet nation. The more responses we get, the better idea we will have of the issues that really concern you the most. Tell us what you think, and how you want to improve pet wellbeing.”
She told Vetsonline: “We had 460 vets and nurses respond last year and we’d like to hit the 500 mark this year, if not higher.
“The more responses we can get from vet professionals, the more we can glean about the top issues affecting vets and VNs.
“This time round we will be asking new questions about things like internet pet sales and the growing research into rabbit diets, but we will also be asking questions about aggression, obesity and whether owners are meeting the five welfare needs, as well as whether those in practice have notice any difference in owner compliance over the past three years.”
As well as calling on veterinary colleagues to fill in the 2013 survey, Nicola urged practices to make use of materials and online learning modules provided by PDSA and make sure they talk to clients about the five welfare needs.
- To take part in the 2013 PAW Report and download practice display and learning materials visit www.pdsa.org.uk/pawreport The survey closes on May 31, 2013.