MORE people are buying pups online and sadly paying the price.
Many puppies bought from such outlets, which are often used by puppy farmers, require long-term veterinary treatment or die before reaching six months.
Research carried out by the UK Kennel Club found that one in three people may have bought their pup from a puppy farm after sourcing the animal through the internet, social media or newspaper adverts. This has increased from one in five last year.
The research found that a third of puppies bought from one of these outlets failed to experience overall good health; almost one in five puppies bought via social media or the internet died before six months of age; and 12 per cent of pups bought online or on social media ended up with serious health problems.
Meanwhile, 94 per cent of puppies bought direct from a breeder were reported as having good overall health.
The choice is obvious, especially when you’re thinking about what’s best for your pet. Remember, you could be lumbered with a very sick animal, and incur heavy fees from vets all because you didn’t do enough research to find out where your pet has come from and been.