PDSA's PetCheck programme is a mobile animal wellbeing service. It offers free checks on dogs and advice to owners on the care of their pets.
Two PDSA PetCheck vehicles are travelling the length and breadth of the UK until October. They visit hundreds of locations, and their on-board team of Community Vet Nurses deliver a special 'PetWise MOT' free of charge to all the doggy visitors. These assess the five elements that pets need to be healthy and happy, known as the welfare needs. This includes:
- behaviour and,
A simple traffic light system gives each pet a score, and owners receive a personalised action plan on how to improve their pet's wellbeing.
Additional services including nail clipping, ear cleaning and microchipping (now a legal requirement for all dogs) are also available free of charge, although donations are welcome.
PDSA Community Nurse Manager Sue Bartlett said, "We know people love their pets and want the best for them, which is why PDSA is here to help. Thanks to players of Peoples Postcode Lottery we can offer free, friendly advice and support, helping owners to make small changes that often make big differences to the wellbeing of their pets."
Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "This is a fantastic initiative by PDSA and we are really pleased that players are helping to mobilise this amazing team of veterinary nurses to treat pets in communities across the country."
To date, People's Postcode Lottery players have raised over £5.5 Million for PDSA.
To find a PDSA PetCheck visit near you check the PDSA website.