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Pet buying tips

When you find the perfect pet to bring into your home, you need to make sure he or she is healthy and happy. Here are a few tips:

Stay safe

  • Freeads recommends that you NEVER pay for an animal without first seeing it in person
  • Always try and keep the conversation within Freeads Messaging.

How to ensure you are dealing with an ethical breeder

These tips should help you make sure you are dealing with an ethical breeder:

  • You should be allowed to inspect the premises in which the pet is kept or to see/examine the breeding parents
  • An ethical breeder will be interested in more than just the money and will ask genuine questions about you and your home to ensure everything is suitable for the chosen pet.

Inspecting the premises where your pet is located

  • If offered the chance to inspect the premises, don't pass it up, just because a breeder invites you, doesn't mean that they have nothing to hide.
  • Check for foul odours or an overpowering smell of bleach/cleaning products, this could indicate a more serious problem.

Puppy Breeders

  • Puppies should not be offered for sale and delivery before they reach 8 weeks of age (15 weeks or more for imported puppies requiring a passport - country of origin dependent).
  • An ethical breeder should provide you with all medical paperwork related to your chosen puppy’s injections, micro-chipping and worming.
  • Ethical breeder’s may request to visit your home premises for delivery of the puppy, no genuine breeder will offer collection from a public location.
  • Genuine and ethical breeders will communicate with you directly, beware those who advertise or message you ‘on behalf’ of the puppy’s owner.
  • Check all the puppies you see for indicators of health problems, overgrown claws, patchy fur, ear/eye or nose discharge could all be indicators of poor health and hygiene.
  • Check the size of the puppy accommodation. There should be enough room for the puppies to turn, stand up and move with a space for sleeping away from food and water. The area should also be as clear as possible from urine and feces
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