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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Dr Anne Fawcett Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in vet­eri­nary sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and a vet at Syd­ney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tals In­ner West. Read her blog: smal­l­an­i­maltalk.com

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.

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