Pet charity to bring free health checks to Gorton this week
Monday 30th April 2018 10:59 Gorton & Openshaw News Tameside Posted by Tom Greggan

Vet charity PDSA is bringing its PetWise Tour to Gorton next week to offer free health MOTs to local dogs.

This year’s PetCheck tour is supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and is travelling across the UK providing free health checks and offering pet care advice.

The charity will be at the following locations next week:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2, 10am to 5pm – Tesco’s car park, Hyde Road, Gorton.
  • Thursday and Friday May 3 and 4, 10am to 5pm – Gorton Community Centre, Abbey Hey Lane, Gorton.

PDSA Vet Nurse Kylie Jones will deliver PDSA’s specially developed ‘PetWise’ MOT for every dog, which assesses the five elements pets need to be healthy and happy, known as  welfare needs. These are diet, environment, companionship, behaviour and health. A simple traffic light system gives each pet a score, and owners receive a personalised action plan on how to improve their pet’s wellbeing.

Additional services including nail clipping, ear cleaning and microchipping (which is now a legal requirement for all dogs) are also available free of charge, although donations are welcome. Cats Protection neutering vouchers are also available.

Kylie said: “We know people love their pets and want the best for them, which is why we’re here to help.

“Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery we can offer free, friendly advice and support, helping owners to make small changes that often make big differences to the wellbeing of pets.”

The charity is on a mission to improve the life of all pets through preventive care, emergency treatment and education. Last year, nearly 3,000 PetWise MOTs were completed, resulting in improvements to local dogs’ health and welfare.

For instance, there was an eight per cent increase in dogs that were neutered after PDSA’s first visit, which has important health benefits as well as preventing unwanted litters.

However, there is still room for improvement. One third of dogs (33 per cent) who visited showed signs of behavioural problems. Many owners are also unclear on their responsibilities as a pet owner, as over half of dogs seen during last year’s tour (55 per cent) were not wearing an ID tag, despite it being a legal requirement.

PDSA’s two custom-designed PetCheck vehicles have been kindly donated to the charity by benefactors Julie and Robert Breckman.

The charity’s PetCheck vehicle will return to the area later in the year. More information is available on PDSA’s website at www.pdsa.org.uk/petcheck.