Why are some pet owners refusing to let their dogs out for walks?
Pet owners across Australia are facing a new set of questions as their pets are being put through the wringer by pet owners who refuse to let them out for walkies.
Key points:”Pet owners are taking their dogs to walkies in an effort to improve their pet’s healthPet owners say the dog walks are not being followed through”Many pet owners have had to walk their pets to get them to the vet”More than one-third of dog owners who went to a vet in the week before the coronavirus outbreak said they were being ignored by vet staffThe Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has raised concerns over the number of walkies being done by vets across the country, with more than one third of vet staff saying they were not being taken to a walky to check the health of the pet.”
It’s important to understand that it’s not just pet owners that are experiencing these issues,” said AVA general manager of health, Dr Lisa Papp.”
There are many people who are experiencing problems with their pets being walked to their vet.””
It is also important to note that the AVA is aware of the problems that people are experiencing and the reasons why they are experiencing them.
“We would like to reassure the pet owner that they are not alone and that there is help available.”
It is understood that the number has been on the rise for several weeks, with the last recorded time a walk was done on December 17 was two days before the virus pandemic hit.
The AVA has flagged that the walky problem has been aggravated by a shift in attitudes towards walkies from people who have a more compassionate view of their pets.
“The problem has really grown in recent weeks,” Dr Papp said.
“A number of veterinarians, including the veterinary director of South Australia, have been speaking to staff in our regional network and are aware of people who will walk their pet in an attempt to make the walk more enjoyable and reduce the risk of infection.”
“Some have even decided that the reason they are walking their pets is so that they can feed their pets a nutritious diet and they can go to the doctor to get checked out,” Dr Jana said.
The lack of walkie checks at vet appointments has also made it more difficult for pet owners to find a veterinarian to see them at a walk.
“People will ask the vets to walk them to a local vet and then will be sent to the vets and they will ask for a walkie check,” Dr Lisa said.
However, the AVF has spoken to vets across Australia who have reported that the increase in walkies was not an isolated incident and that it had been happening for a number of months.
“In most cases, the person is taking the walk to the nearest walkie, but some of the time, the pet is also walking to a nearby walk,” Dr Lachlan said.
Dr Lisa said that people were being left behind.
“Many people are simply not getting the same amount of help as they could,” she said.
“They are being asked to walk for hours to get the vet to do the check and they are still being told they can’t do it.”
The AVF’s Dr Jannah said the problem was a reflection of a culture in Australia which was “too often focused on individual welfare and not the needs of our country”.
“I think this is an issue that needs to be addressed and the way we are working to address it is to give the public a better understanding of what is happening to their pets,” she added.
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