At Crufts 2013 the Veterinary
Medicines Directorate were promoting the VMD’s Accredited Internet Retailer Scheme.
The VMD is keen to continue promoting the scheme to those who buy or are considering
buying medicines online. If you buy online you are recommended to look for the scheme logo on websites in order to give you
reassurance that you are buying safe and effective medicines.
VMD have produced a leaflet about the scheme which is also available on their website:
KENNEL CLUB WARNS PEOPLE
NOT TO COOK THEIR DOGS
today’s welcome sunshine, and summer fast approaching, the Kennel Club is warning people that they risk cooking their
dogs alive if they leave them unattended in a car.Dogs
are extremely sensitive to the heat and should never be left in a car alone, even on a fairly warm or cloudy day. Surprisingly,
leaving a car window open or supplying water makes little difference and the dog will suffer, as a car can quickly heat up
to around 50°C.Each year the Kennel Club receives
reports of dogs being left in cars, and many incidents where dogs die from heatstroke as a result. The Kennel Club is calling
for urgent action to prevent irresponsible dog ownership this summer.To promote the seriousness of the issue the Kennel Club has produced a three minute video called ‘Don’t
Cook your Dog’, which is supported by Dogs Today magazine’s Don’t Cook Your Dog campaign. The video is available
through Youtube from today (25th June) and demonstrates how easily dogs can suffer from brain damage,
organ failure and death, if left in a hot car.Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “We might not be experiencing a scorching summer but today’s
sunshine reminds us that even on fairly warm and cloudy days cars can heat up at an alarming speed that can be fatal to dogs.
Every year dogs die traumatic deaths after being left in cars so we urge people to take care when out about with their dogs.
Whether in the sun or the shade, cars heat up quickly and it can be unbearable even for us before the air-conditioning comes
into effect, never mind for dogs.“Dogs can
only cool down by panting and sweating through their paws, so they will find the heat far worse than humans. Owners must realise
that dogs cannot handle heat like we can and that it is never safe to leave the dog in the car alone, whether the windows
are open or not.”The
Kennel Club has issued the following advice regarding travelling with your dog during warm weather.
Consider the weather and your journey in advance,
especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your car. Think about whether the journey is absolutely necessary for
your dog.· Plan your journey and check
out the Kennel Club’s Open for Dogs site and use the Dog Friendly app to find places that will allow dogs in with you·
Make sure your dog has plenty of space in the
car and isn’t squashed or forced to sit in direct sunlight.· Always make sure there is shade provided: even in an air conditioned car a dog can become too hot
if in full sun.· Make sure plenty of stops
are taken with lots of water available to drink.· Take cold water in a thermos rather than a plastic bottle so it stays cold rather than
being lukewarm. Ice cubes are helpful in a thermos for cooling too.
Leave a dog unattended in a car, even with the window open and water available. Take them out of the car and leave them
in a secure, cool place with access to shade and water or take them with you, there are plenty of places that are part of
the Kennel Club’s Open for Dogs scheme and will allow dogs in.· Let your dog take part in unnecessary exertion in hot weather, or stand in exposed sunlight for extended
lengths of time.· Pass by a dog if you see one suffering in a car. Whether it be in a supermarket car park or at a show, make
sure you let someone in authority know and if in doubt call the police or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.To help avoid the need
to leave dogs unattended in cars, the Kennel Club ‘Open for Dogs’ campaign encourages more businesses and services
to welcome dogs. Thousands of dog-friendly attractions are listed on the website www.openfordogs.org.uk, making it the ideal way to plan for trips for the whole family including your dog
over the forthcoming holiday season.
To view the Youtube video ‘Don’t cook your Dog’ visit http://youtu.be/SK0zxTtHsaQ
The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme
Benefits for searching and buying a pedigree
dog on the Find A Puppy, puppies for sale service
The Kennel Club Assured Breeder scheme is an opt-in scheme for breeders, where they agree to follow
basic good breeding practice requirements and recommendations as a minimum, which encourage
the breeding of healthy, well-adjusted puppies.
Kennel Club Assured Breeders advertising puppies
appear at the top of the Find a Puppy listings and are highlighted with an Assured Breeder
rosette next to their name on the listing.
If you are not able to find what you are looking
for, or there are no breeders of your chosen breed currently listed, then you should contact
the Breed Clubs. The Breed Club secretaries can provide you not only with expert
advice on your particular breed of interest, but put you in touch with other breeders who
may be able to help you with your search. Breed Club contact details can be found
on the right of the page when you search the Find a Puppy service.
Remember never go to a pet shop!
The breeding stock sold may have come from puppy farmers - breeders out to
make a quick profit often at the expense of the health and welfare of the puppies. Please read the article
‘Puppy farms, puppy dealers and pet shops' on The Kennel Club web site, as this will give you the facts if
you were planning to buy a puppy from a pet shop or a puppy ‘dealer'.
Kennel Club, at this time, makes no warranty as to the quality or fitness of any puppies offered for sale.
We cannot accept responsibility for any transaction between purchaser and vendor arising from publication
of the listing. We would strongly recommend that new owners select a Kennel Club Assured Breeder from the puppy lists on the Find a Puppy service to help ensure the best chance of finding a healthy puppy and
having a rewarding dog owning experience.