Animal lovers: Does your Valentine's card show you really care?

Friday, February 8, 2019

As the trend for pets with extreme features, such as dachshunds, Pugs, Persian cats and Netherland dwarf rabbits, continues to dominate card shops this year, vets are urging lovers who opt for animal cards to show they really care by sticking to healthier breeds.

For several years, the British Veterinary Association has been encouraging card producers to avoid brachycephalic, or flat-faced, animals and urging consumers to give 'hugs not pugs' at Valentine's. This year they are extending their call to cover the many other designer pets with ‘cute’, unusual or extreme features, including Scottish Fold cats and dachshunds.

The ‘cute’ looks of these animals mask a multitude of health and welfare problems, and BVA and other animal welfare organisations are concerned that the high visibility of such breeds is fuelling the rising demand for them as pets. A survey of UK vets carried out in 2017 revealed that the top three reasons vets believe their clients buy Pugs and other brachycephalic animals are because of their looks, popularity and high profile on merchandise and across the media. However, vets also said they believed that the majority of owners were unaware of the breeds’ potential health and welfare problems before choosing their pet....


Follow the link to read the article in full on the BVA website