Dr Pete Wedderburn warns of increase in animal adoptions during lockdown
TELLY vet Pete Wedderburn has warned people to think twice before buying a pet in lockdown.
The animal doc told how there’s been a huge jump in the number of people adopting pets this year, with many sadly returning their furry friend soon after.
He said: “There has been a really noticeable increase in people looking for pets since March and sadly a lot of these animals are being returned as people realise there is so much responsibility that comes with owning a pet.
“Dog’s Trust has seen a 68% rise in people surrendering pets in the last two months. It’s very important to consider what animal would be best for you, how can you best provide for their needs.”
Pete was speaking as he launched Petfix Club, a brand new custom-built online platform to help pet lovers attain and maintain the optimal health, happiness, fitness and potential lifespan of their pets.
Created by a team of trusted experts and led by vet Dr Pete, this unique online community will give members exclusive access to personalised advice and professional well-being tips.
For €7 a month, members can avail of features such as pet health plans, hundreds of articles and videos, and even flea and worm treatments delivered on schedule to your door.
And Dr Pete told how the website can help potential owners assess the right pet for their family.
He said: “We have a helpful section on the site which will guide potential pet owners in choosing the right animal for them, and we link with another innovative Irish website, Petbond.ie which is the perfect place for people to source a pet ethically.”
The Ireland AM expert also told how Ireland is a nation of animal lovers – with pet ownership on the rise.Speaking to Pat Kenny during a Q&A session, he said: “Ireland is growing every day.
“Over half of Irish households had a dog or cat in 2019. Add in birds, fish etc and it brings it up even higher. I think anyone who has a pet can testify they are a part of your family – we are all dog and cat mad! “
Petfix Club also includes an online store with a wide range of carefully selected products and their own Petfix Club pet food, chosen after years of experience by Pete the Vet and his team observing animals, including their own pets.
The store can also offer potential savings on pet products, from food to accessories and toys to parasite control, which delivered free for purchases over €50.
For more see petfixclub.com