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IVC Guide to working with the puppy trade November 2017 v7 FINAL (00000002)

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should have a recognisable UK code on it (the first 3 digits of the microchip number are the country code. Unfortunately, there is as yet no International register for microchip numbers. 2) Always question the origin/source of the puppies. Practices should be doing this whether it is a litter that is presented or a single puppy presented for vaccination by a new owner– be suspicious if it seems suspicious and the puppy is even slightly unwell – it may be in the early stages of serious ill-health – watch out for Parvo and hypoglycaemia in these puppies. They go downhill very quickly and early aggressive diagnosis and treatment is often indicated. Warning Signs of potential illegal or poor breeders/dealers 1) If you have a request to carry out a Caesarean Section (Elective or not) for a client who is over 1 hour away from your practice, you are able to decline, and request that they contact a practice closer to them. In the case of an emergency Caesarean Section, access to postoperative care must be taken into consideration. Unlicensed breeders will travel up to 3 or more hours for a caesarean section to avoid being caught. 2) Check Microchips (List of country codes can be found at here (vii) Page 3) -All dogs over the age of 8 weeks have to be microchipped -Is the microchip unregistered? It is a legal requirement that all puppies are microchipped from 8 weeks old and that the first registration is with the person who has bred the puppy. This ensures the customer can trace the puppy and can be confident that they know where and how it has been bred. The dealer should clearly know where the puppy has originated from. -RECORD the microchip on your PMS system and ALWAYS check the Microchip number against your database when you are presented with an animal(s). -Check that the microchip is registered to the correct address and correct animal. Unlicensed breeders will often present at a practice with a bitch which has previously been registered and had a caesarean section under a new name. Checking and recording microchip numbers can help identify this 3) Have you been presented with a litter of mixed breed or mixed age? 4) The same client attends with multiple litters and possibly has frequent change of address 5) The client never presents with an Adult dog 6) The client never presents puppies for anything other than vaccination/Worming (Never an ill animal) 7) Reception receive multiple calls to ‘validate’ vaccinations from purchasers of puppies 8) Report Caesareans to the Kennel club where required Guidance can be found here(viii) v7 January 2018 4

What to do if you suspect something isn’t correct Suspect ‘Dodgy’ Dealer You may consider reporting it to RSPCA/SSPCA/USPCA etc. Seek advice from IVC/RCVS/VDS first Suspect Illegal import ANY suspicion of a notifiable disease MUST be reported to APHA i.e. neurological disease without obvious cause in puppy 8 weeks old should be reported if the animal is imported from outside the U.K. Presenting with no apparent disease but you suspect it is illegally imported you may consider reporting it to Trading Standards. Seek advice from IVC/RCVS/VDS first Please be aware of the RCVS code of conduct relating to client confidentiality: (ix) Record Keeping We would encourage thorough and good record keeping of dealings with these establishments and would suggest that being aware of the licensing conditions of these establishments is helpful and especially the record keeping regarding the puppies. 1) You must scan the microchip, and record the details on the vaccination certificate Vaccination Certification We recommend the name and address of breeder/owner is completed on the vaccination certificate. This should be hand written rather than a pre-printed label, Vaccine labels are fine to use and a combination of hand written and vaccine labels makes falsifying certificates much more difficult. As a minimum requirement it MUST have the microchip number completed as per requirements of RCVS code of conduct. Supporting guidance can be found here (x) Website links: i) ii) iii) iv) onditions%20and%20guidance%20for%20breeding%20establishments v7 January 2018 5