Homed, Homeless or Re-homed – Testing and Vaccination is Key

Homed, Homeless or Re-homed – Testing and Vaccination is Key

Britain’s best-loved pet dogs get the protection of immunisation against distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, leptospira, parainfluenza virus, bordetella and rabies.  Reputable kennels and breeders offer UK dog owners healthy pups with the confidence assured by routine vaccination and canine diagnostic testing.

Not all dogs are so lucky – 120,000 Chernobyl workers fled their homes

When more than 120,000 Chernobyl workers and their families fled their homes following the disastrous 1986 nuclear accident, they left behind everything including their pets.

The 30 kilometres wide exclusion zone established around the wrecked power plant, to protect the human population from radioactive contamination, is home to around 900 descendants of those abandoned dogs and pups.

With the human population excluded, many of the Chernobyl dogs were seen to be suffering from disease and malnutrition. Their poor health posed a risk to the health of the workers arriving to clean up the former power plant.

Vaccinating and neutering the dogs to improve their health

Fortunately for Chernobyl’s strays, animal welfare organisation Four Paws in co-operation with US charity Clean Futures Fund have set up shop in the Chernobyl region with the aim of vaccinating and neutering the dogs to improve their health and reduce the population.

Closer to home, and for reasons in no way as dramatic as a nuclear accident, large numbers of UK dogs also experience sudden desertion and abandonment by their owners. According to the canine charity, Dogs Trust, Britain’s back-to-school week sees vacation-time ‘nanny’ dogs dumped onto the charity for re-homing.

Caring for a dog no longer fits the household timetable

In September 2016, Dogs Trust gave sanctuary to 220 ‘Mary Puppins’ dogs, originally bought to keep children entertained during the long summer holidays. Once the holidays end and families return to their normal routine of school runs and office hours, caring for a dog no longer fits the household timetable.

The charity estimates that up to 81,000 dogs are abandoned in Britain each year. Despite the best efforts of the Trust and other dog charities, between April 2015 and March 2016 local authorities were forced to put down 3,463 stray dogs that couldn’t be saved.

Dogs are rescued from as far away as Afghanistan

Yet Britain is still one of the world’s most dog-friendly societies. Some of the world’s most fortunate stray dogs find themselves re-homed with a British dog-loving family through one of 30 dog re-homing charities.  Dogs are rescued from as far away as Afghanistan, but most arrive from Eastern Europe mainly from Bulgaria and Lithuania, but increasingly from Romania.

Whether provided by careful owners or dedicated animal charities, the health and welfare of all dogs – homed and homeless, depends on preventative vaccination and canine diagnostic testing provided by professional vets with their veterinary laboratory in support.

To find out more about our large range of veterinary diagnostic test kits visit our website: www.vetlabsupplies.co.uk or Telephone: 01798 874567

COVID-19 Update

As the impact of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is being felt around the world, the well-being of our employees and their families is of the highest importance to us.

By putting the safety of our employees first, we have reduced our on-site staff to a minimum and we will endeavour to maintain our business operations to the highest standard possible.

We are carefully monitoring and following official guidance from the UK Government, Public Health England, WHO and CDC guidelines and in line with these; we are currently operating business as usual.

We are monitoring our stock levels on a daily basis ensuring a fair distribution of our products. We are fully committed to maintaining the supply of products during these unprecedented times.

From Monday 30th March, we will be open for orders from Monday through to Thursday and closing on Fridays:

Friday Closure:  For any technical queries, orders or enquiries please do one of the following:
• Email: info@vetlabsupplies.co.uk.
• Fax: 01798 874787
• Telephone & leave a message: 01798 874567

We will endeavour to contact you on Friday and Monday if it is non-urgent.

If you require any further information, please contact Vetlab Supplies Ltd Customer Services on 01798 874567 or email info@vetlabsupplies.co.uk.

Thank you to all our customers and suppliers for their support during these temporary measures.

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