Basildon Council has teamed up with leading pet wellbeing charity, PDSA, to offer free health MOTs to dogs throughout April.
The pop-in PetCheck days provide free advice and information on weight, diet, flea and worming treatment and any other concerns. 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.
A PDSA vet nurse will be on board one of the charity’s PetCheck vehicles at the following locations:
•Tuesday 10 April, 10am-5pm – Markham Chase Park, Laindon
•Wednesday 11 April, 10am-5pm – Frypa Hall, Basildon
•Thursday 12 April, 10am-5pm – Luncies Park, Basildon
Sarah Moran, Basildon Council’s Animal Control Officer, said: “We understand what an important role pets play in our society, and these events are a fantastic opportunity to make the most of some free services which could really benefit you and your pet.
“The free PetCheck health MOTs assess the five welfare needs all pets require to be healthy and happy, with all owners given a personalised action plan. There will also be free behaviour and training advice on offer, and as it’s half term there will be a special focus on how children should act safely around dogs.”
This year’s national PDSA PetCheck tour is supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. PDSA Vet Nurse, Melissa Teatum, said: “We know people love their pets and want the best for them, which is why PDSA is 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 in the Basildon borough.”
April marks National Pet Month, during which Basildon Council and PDSA are also running a series of free Care For Your Pet training sessions. For more information or to book your place visit www.basildon.gov.uk/pdsaevents