CHELMSFORD dog owners will be able to pamper their pet pooches by getting them micro chipped and giving them a health ‘MOT’for free as part of a UK-wide PetCheck tour.
Held at Meadgate Avenue, (Thursday 22nd September),Watchouse Road, in Galleywood (Friday 23rd September) and Brownings Avenue (Saturday September 24th) from 10am to 5pm - the events offer owners the chance to pick up top tips on the best diet and nutrition advice for their family pet.
Owners will also be able to - on a first come, first served basis – have their dog micro chipped for free at the events in Meadgate Avenue and Watchouse Road.
Organised by Essex based housing association, CHP, Chelmsford Borough Council (CBC) and the UK’s leading veterinary charity,PDSA, owners will also be able receive advice and information on dental care, coat condition and general health and fitness for their dog.
Recent research published by PDSA in its landmark Animal Wellbeing Report, shows that despite being a nation of animal lovers, many owners are not aware of what their pets need to live a healthy and happy life.
The report also revealed that the health and welfare needs of over 10 million dogs, cats and rabbits across the UK are not being properly met.
Helen Gregory, CHP Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, said: “Micro chipping your pet is the most secure and effective way of permanently identifying your dog should they become lost. Not only can dog owners have their dog chipped for free at the event, they can also pick up a lot of useful advice and information on how to keep their family pet in peak condition.”
PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Sean Wensley, added: “The fact that the health and welfare of over 10 million pets is not being met highlights the importance of our PetCheck tour to support owners and help them to have a deeper understanding of their pet’s wellbeing needs.”
Anne Culverwell, CBC Principal Environmental Health Officer, commented: “Chelmsford Borough Council actively promotes responsible dog ownership. We are delighted to be working with the PDSA and CHP at this event and to be able to offer residents - who may not otherwise be able to afford to pay for their dog to be micro chipped - a means to protect their pet in case it is lost or found stray.
“It is also a great opportunity for them to have their dogs given a free health check and talk to an experienced veterinary professional about the welfare and care of their dog.”