Puppies bought from the Internet

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PUPPY FARMS: Dogs often become ill or die young.

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.

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