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Thinking of getting a new puppy?

These are the questions you need to ask before you buy.

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About the Puppy contract:
How puppies are bred and raised has lifelong effects on the puppies and their new owners. Good breeding and care can help ensure puppies have happy and healthy lives. Irresponsible breeding and poor care can cause health and behavioural problems in puppies and stress and expense for owners.
For breeders and sellers the contract is a record of the thought and attention they have devoted to their puppies’ breeding and care. The contract can be used for all puppies, whether they are pedigree or not, and by any breeder or seller, including rescue centres.
The puppy contract has been developed to empower puppy buyers and help them to avoid the problems that can arise from buying a puppy from an irresponsible breeder. Puppy buyers can use the information provided by the breeder or seller to make a decision on whether they want to buy the puppy they have seen.
Thinking about buying or selling a puppy? Download a copy of the contract before you start your search and ask your chosen breeder if they use it. Talk to your local vet if you need any help or advice.
Download the puppy contract and all of the information you need to use it! (2.3MB PDF)

What is the puppy contract?

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1. The Puppy Information Pack
The breeder/seller completes the Puppy Information Pack (PIP) before the puppy is sold with information about the puppy and the puppy’s parents. For example this will include details of any relevant screening tests the puppy’s parents have had and the experiences that the puppy has had to prepare him/her for life in a new home.
2. Contract for the sale and purchase of a puppy
• The breeder/seller and puppy buyer sign two copies of the contract and PIP so that both have a signed copy.
• The contract makes clear the seller’s and buyer’s responsibilities in relation to the puppy’s health and welfare. Because the PIP is referenced in the contract, it has legal force, meaning there are legal consequences if any of the information in it is inaccurate.
• The key difference to the puppy contract compared with similar contracts currently in existence is that it requires the seller to disclose to the buyer information about the puppy to the level of detail required in the PIP. This means that buyers will be able to make an informed choice about the puppy they take on, and the costs and responsibilities that go with that.
• The breeder signs the contract to say that all of the information they have given in the PIP is true and complete.
• The buyer signs to say that they understand the information that has been given to them in the PIP and that they intend to meet the puppy’s future health and welfare needs.
3. Guidance notes
• The guidance notes explain why it is important for the owner to know and understand the information in the PIP before buying a puppy. They also explain the meaning behind some of the answers that the breeder/seller could give.
• The notes are numbered and link to the PIP question with the same number.
• Breeders/sellers should refer to the guidance notes when they are filling out the PIP.
How do I get the puppy contract?
The three parts of the puppy contract – PIP, contract and guidance notes – should always be used together. It’s easy to download all three parts – just click on the ‘download’ button. The puppy information pack and contract should be printed out and completed.
Download the puppy contract (2.3MB PDF)


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Pet Insurance

Veterinary bills can be expensive, with some emergency procedures costing hundreds of pounds.

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Pet insurance covers the cost of treating unexpected illnesses or injuries. By covering your vet bills it can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.

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The Animal’s Victoria Cross

The PDSA was established during the Great War and acknowledged the important role that animals were playing in the armed service. In 1943 they introduced the PDSA Dickin Medal which would honour the valuable contribution that these animals’ were making.

The medal soon became known as the Animal’s Victoria Cross partly because it was only presented to recipients in truly exceptional situations much like the Victoria Cross given to service men and women.

The very first few awards were given to birds, 3 carrier pigeons to be precise! More recently medals have been presented to specialist dogs assisting in finding explosives in Afghanistan and the Gulf.

In total since December 1964,

  • 32 birds,
  • 28 dogs,
  • 3 horses and
  • 1 cat who lived on a ship

have all received the medal.

One of these incredible stories features Judy, an English Pointer who is the only animal that was officially listed as an Allied prisoner of war. Judy was born in 1937 and served as the ship’s dog on two vessels, one of these vessels was attacked in the Pacific and subsequently marooned, leaving crew, passengers and Judy stuck on an apparently uninhabited island.

After a punishing 200 mile trek to Padang, Indonesia, they found themselves surrounded in a Japanese-held village and taken to a prisoner of war camp. When the guards were administering punishment to the prisoners Judy would attempt to distract them by growling and barking. Frank Williams a leading Aircraftman became particularly devoted to Judy over that 2 year period in the POW camp, so when they were told they were being moved to a camp in Singapore and dogs could not come Williams trained Judy to lie still without moving or making any noise for 3 hours and carried her onto the boat in a rice sack.


Further challenges lay ahead as the pair then spent a year in the jungle laying railway tracks existing on miniscule rations. Williams insisted that her presence saved his and so many other lives he said; ‘The greatest way was giving me a reason to live, all I had to do was looking at her and ask what would happen to her if I died? I had to keep going.’ When the war against Japan was won, Judy returned to England with Williams and received her award of the Dickin Medal.

Judy was found to have a tumor at the age of 13 and was put to sleep; Frank Williams built her a memorial made out of granite and marble.

Frank Williams died in 2006 and her collar and the Dickin Medal are now displayed in the Imperial War Museum in London, meaning that Judy’s courage and devotion would always be remembered.


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Judy and Frank







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The Dickin Medal








Written by Ffion Lewis :  Student Veterinary Nurse

Hyperoestroginism in Ferrets

Ferrets can make great pets, but it is important to know all of the facts around spaying female ferrets before you take on the responsibility of owning one.

Female ferrets (also known as Jills) , that are not spayed are induced ovulators which means they will stay in heat until they mate. When a ferret is in heat the levels of oestrogen are higher than normal, and if the ferret is not mated, they will remain in heat and continue to have these high oestrogen levels which can lead to Hyperoestrogenism.

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