Free checks from the PDSA for local dogs

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Vet charity PDSA is setting tails wagging with plans to visit Eastbourne as part of a national pet wellbeing tour which aims to help all pets stay happy and healthy.

In partnership with Eastbourne Borough Council’s Neighbourhood First Team, PDSA vet nurses will be on board the charity’s Pet Check vehicle carrying out free wellbeing checks for Eastbourne dogs and giving advice on other pets.

Eastbourne dog owners are being urged to bring their dogs along to the sessions for a free check-up. On busy days an appointment system may be in operation.

The team will be on hand with advice at the Seaside Recreational Area in Whitley Road on April 21 between 10am and 5pm and at Shinewater Park in Larkspur Drive between 10am and 5pm on April 22.

The next day (April 23) the vehicle will move on to Holly Place, Willingdon Trees, from 10am to 5pm and then in Etchingham Road, Langney on April 24 from 9am to 4pm.

PDSA Vet Nurses will check the health of each dog, including their weight, eyes, ears, coat and general fitness.

We know people love their pets and want the best for them, which is why we’re here to help.

Sue Bartlett

Microchipping, nail-clipping and ear-cleaning are offered free of charge if required. They can also discuss dogs’ diet, behaviour, socialisation and living environment, and answer any questions, to help owners make the best choices for their pets. Cats Protection neutering vouchers will also be available.

PDSA Head Vet Nurse, Sue Bartlett, said, “We know people love their pets and want the best for them, which is why we’re here to help.

“By offering free, friendly advice and support, we can help owners make small changes that can make a big difference to the health and happiness of pets in Eastbourne.”

Andrew Tilney, EBC Neighbourhood Advisor, said, “The Neighbourhood Advisors recognise dogs and their owners as important to its communities and we will be on site explaining and helping with the new dog chipping legislation, as part of this year’s responsible dog ownership promotion.”

PDSA’s Pet Check tour visited locations across the UK last year, resulting in significant improvements to dogs’ welfare.

For instance initial visits revealed that just one third (34 per cent) of dogs seen had an ideal diet.

But six months later more than half (51 per cent) of dogs who visited Pet Check were now receiving a healthy, balanced diet – an increase of 17 per cent.

Similar improvements were also seen in dogs’ health needs being met. However, there is still room for improvement, says PDSA, as a third of dogs (33%) need help to improve their behaviour.

More information about the Pet Check tour is available on PDSA’s website, pdsa.org.uk/petcheck.