The Animal Welfare Acts 2006 (2011 in Northern Ireland) introduced a “duty of care” for all pet owners to meet the welfare needs of their pets. Until the launch of the PAW Report there was no overarching means of identifying, assessing, monitoring and improving the wellbeing of companion animals. The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report has been the first step towards this and is the largest survey of its kind in conjunction with leading research agency YouGov.
PDSA has found that the health and welfare needs of over ten million cats, dogs and rabbits across the UK are not being properly met. Whilst there have been some changes in recent years across all aspects of pet wellbeing such as better diets for rabbits and increasing levels of preventive care, the state of our pet nation’s health and wellbeing could be greatly improved.
As the UK’s leading veterinary charity, we simply cannot ignore this and want to do all we can to improve the physical health and mental wellbeing of pets.