PDSA offers dog MOTs

AN ANIMAL charity is offering a free MOT-style pet health check in Hailsham and Eastbourne.

Dog owners can take their canine companions to the PDSA’s PetCheck vehicle in Hailsham on Thursday August 25 and to Eastbourne on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 to take advantage of a free dog health check, as part of its annual UK-wide PetCheck tour.

A PDSA veterinary nurse on board will examine the weight, body shape, teeth, eyes, coat and general fitness of dogs, and will offer free advice on other companion animals. Microchipping for dogs will be available at a cost.

Since the programme first launched in 2002, PDSA has welcomed more than 270,000 visitors to its PetCheck events, carried out health checks on more than 40,000 dogs and answered around 15,000 general pet care enquiries.

Recent research published by the charity in its landmark PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report shows that while we are a nation of animal lovers, many owners aren’t aware of what their pets need to live a healthy and happy life.

For safety reasons, only dogs can be brought along to the PetCheck vehicle.

However, the PDSA veterinary nurse on board will be happy to provide free advice and answer owners’ questions on all types of companion animals.

Dog owners must keep their pets on a lead at all times and should never leave them locked in cars.

The PDSA PetCheck vehicle will visit Jollyes Pet Superstore, Hailsham Retail Park, Diplocks Way on August 25 from 10am to 5pm.

It will then be at Shinewater Park on August 28 from 10 am to 4pm and the rugby club in Hampden Park on Bank Holiday Monday (August 29) between 10am and 5pm.