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PDSA National PetCheck Week
returns to test health of UK pets

PDSA National PetCheck Week is back on 20 -26 September 2004 following the success of the last year.

From 20 - 26 September many pet owners across the UK will be able to book a free health check with their local vet or PDSA PetAid hospital in the second PDSA National PetCheck Week. PDSA, Britain's leading veterinary charity, has invited all UK veterinary practices to join its PetAid hospitals in offering free health checks during the week.

Last year around 600 practices participated in PDSA National PetCheck Week and many more are expected to join this year.

In 2003 almost 50 per cent of animals checked during the week had one or more health problems, 26 per cent of practices booked follow-up appointments and 34 per cent of practices registered new patients. Two pets required immediate treatment for life- threatening conditions discovered during PetChecks.

The initiative is part of the charity's commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership by offering advice and guidance on a variety of pet care topics such as exercise, nutrition and dental care.

Surveys by PDSA have revealed worrying numbers of pets suffering from dental, grooming and weight problems, as well as low numbers of pets receiving regular vaccinations. National PetCheck Week provides an easy way for owners who may not have had any contact with vets in the past, to meet staff at their local veterinary practices before deciding to register their pets.

PDSA is again welcoming the support of the British Veterinary Association and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association along with the continued support of Hill's Pet Nutrition.

To find out more about the availability of free PetChecks in their local areas, pet owners should call PDSA on 0800 917 2509 or visit www.pdsa.org.uk