Why the puppy pandemic boom is becoming a problem

From Tiger King to TikTok challenges, the pandemic gave rise to many a trend – but did you know that adopting puppies was one of them?!

This has now been dubbed the ‘puppy pandemic boom’ which yes, sounds cute in theory but has unfortunately become a bit of an issue in practice. 

Why is the ‘puppy pandemic boom’ becoming a problem? 

Vets have seen a staggering increase in the number of clients coming into practice with dogs displaying aggressive behaviour over the last 12 months, finds survey. 

The research revealed that 87% of the dogs whose age was known were under three years old. This is significant as it reiterates concerns around behavioural issues of dogs that were adopted during lockdown. 

Furthermore, 24% of the vets involved in the study reported an influx in the number of animals they had treated in the last year who were hurt due to a dog attack. 

In light of these findings, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has flagged the importance of responsible pet adoption. 

British Veterinary Association’s Senior Vice President Justine Shotton said: “Whilst these new statistics are extremely worrying, they are not unexpected. Vets and animal charities have been raising concerns about the long-term impacts of the pandemic puppy boom when owners were unable to access adequate training and socialisation opportunities that are so important for development in the first few months of their lives.

“At the British Veterinary Association, we urge pet owners who are concerned about their dog’s behaviour to talk to a vet, who will be able to check for any underlying medical issues that could be causing issues, give advice and refer to an ABTC-accredited veterinary behaviourist. Don’t delay seeking help, as poor behaviour can deteriorate and can become harder to deal with as a dog matures.  

“We also continue to urge the importance of always doing proper research and using the Puppy Contract to make sure you’re buying a healthy puppy from a responsible source. Make sure that your puppy has lots of positive opportunities for socialisation with humans of all ages, other animals, different environments, various noises and everyday experiences, including visits to your vet practice.”

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