A better life for pets
Using the results of the PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report, we are able to identify and raise awareness of the main issues faced by pets in society today. This shapes our pet health and welfare work and ensures our education programs and campaigns focus on these issues.
We want to work with the pet owning public to help them enjoy pet ownership through a deeper understanding of their pets’ needs. We also want the Report to act as a catalyst for debate amongst the veterinary profession and pet owners, provide areas for further academic research and encourage collaborative work between animal health and welfare organisations and the broader pet industry.
Our 2017 Report focuses on the key companion animal welfare concerns raised in previous Reports; pre-purchase and pet ownership, obesity, behaviour, companionship and preventive healthcare. The Report also delves deeper into the demographics of pet owners, which species they own, and how successfully they are meeting their pet’s 5 Welfare Needs.
At PDSA our vision is a lifetime of wellbeing for every pet, and we pledge to help educate the nation to prevent the preventable, and continue treating the sick and injured pets of people in need.
Introducing the PAW Report 2017
By taking an annual sounding on the welfare of the UK’s cats, dogs and rabbits, the PAW Report helps to provide a vital framework via which we can better understand where that partnership between animal owners and the veterinary profession can be improved.
Recent PDSA initiatives, such as the PetWise MOT, which provides a structure for veterinary consultations around the five animal welfare needs, have developed out of previous PAW Reports. I commend PDSA for really utilising the data and insights that they discover. So many research reports end up gathering dust on a shelf, but, now in its seventh year, PAW is one that continues to shape the future of the veterinary-owner relationship, to the great benefit of the UK’s pet population.
Veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses advocate for animals’ best interests not only in terms of the pets they see before them each day, but also at a local, national and even global level. Our recent Vet Futures project, carried out jointly with the British Veterinary Association, showed that veterinary surgeons were prepared to really challenge in this area, where they felt that animals were at risk, and the PAW Report provides useful data in terms of where that focus might lie.
DR. Chris Tufnell,