RECENTLY I’ve treated a number of puppies rehomed via websites.
While these websites have guidelines and policies stating that all puppies should be vaccinated and, as required by law, microchipped, this isn’t happening in all cases.
It is the responsibility of the breeder or owner to ensure that all puppies are vaccinated for parvovirus, distemper virus and hepatitis virus.
Under the NSW Companion Animals Act, puppies should be microchipped by 12 weeks or before they are sold. Puppies should also be treated for intestinal worms, and provided with a good quality puppy diet.
If a breeder advertises a dog on a website and the dog is not vaccinated, microchipped or properly cared for, it is important to report that advertisement to the website administrator. Not doing so impacts the welfare of future puppies.
All puppies deserve a healthy start to life. Failure to provide for their basic healthcare needs puts their health – and lives – at risk. It is also unfair to new puppy owners who may need to spend thousands of dollars to treat a case of parvovirus.
The Australian Veterinary Association recognises this is a problem and has developed a policy you can view online.