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Prospective owners 'should consider price of pet meds'

Thursday, 31st March 2011

Prospective owners should make sure they consider the costs involved in owning a pooch, such as pet meds and dog food.

That is according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), which has launched a new campaign to make people aware of what is involved in owning a dog.

The RSPCA has launched its Get Puppy Smart campaign following research that showed that 19 per cent of people who bought a puppy in the last two years no longer have it.

Findings also revealed that 24 per cent of owners who bought a puppy in the last two years based their decision on appearance.

Claire Calder, a senior scientific officer at the animal charity, said: "The RSPCA's Get Puppy Smart campaign aims to help prospective puppy buyers make the right decision by thinking about what type of dog best suits their lifestyle, the costs involved in having a dog, finding a good breeder and how to select a happy and healthy puppy."

Findings also revealed that 24 per cent of owners who bought a puppy in the last two years based their decision on appearance.

The RSPCA was set up in 1824 by a group of 22 individuals led by Richard Martin, William Wilberforce and Arthur Broome.