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Compulsory microchipping is coming to Scotland

The Scottish Government have announced that by April 2016 all Scottish dogs must be microchipped. The hope is that compulsory microchipping will help reduce the number of lost and abandoned dogs in Scotland. England and Wales are also introducing the law at the same time. The legislation will most likely be in line with English legislation which states that the microchip information should be up to date and registered to the “keeper”. The definition of  “keeper” as the person that the dog normally resides with. The only exception to this is for assistance dogs.  The use of the word “keeper(ship)” is deliberate as microchips will not be proof ownership. So that means that if you have a rescue dog with the microchip registered to the rescue you…

Do you know that boxers have some of the highest cancer rates in the dog world?

Do you know that boxers have some of the highest cancer rates in the dog world? In fact they have the HIGHEST rate of mass cell tumours. We all know the heart break that cancer can cause. Here is your opportunity to help! Animal Health Trust are currently running a number of research projects into numerous different kinds of cancers and are looking for boxer owners to help with their research. You can help by requesting a cheek swab or if your vet is taking a blood sample for clinical reasons, ask the vet to save a surplus sample (1-2ml) in an EDTA tube and send it to The Animal Health Trust. They are looking for boxers with cases of brain tumours, lymphoma, mammary tumours…

Thinking of buying a boxer puppy?

There is always lots of information flying around about how to buy a puppy responsibly, this information puts lots of emphasis on health but very little or no emphasis on finding a breeder that has well socialised puppies! If you are thinking of buying a boxer puppy, and who can resist those wriggling little faces, it is extremely important that you seek out a breeder who understands and practices good socialisation/habituation. A well socialised pup will be far less likely to develop behaviour problems as they grow up, and unfortunately there seems to be an ever rising number of boxers with behavioural issues. So when you are quizzing your breeder about the health related side of things don’t forget to investigate how the puppies are…

June is National Microchipping Month!

June is National Microchipping Month! 2013 is the 10 year anniversary of this campaign which encourages and promotes responsible pet ownership through microchipping as a means of permanent identification if your pet is lost. At Adopt A Boxer we cannot stress enough how important not only microchipping your pet is but also keeping your details up to date. Are your pets microchip details up to date? Find out more at: www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk

Do you need some support with your dog?

Adopt A Boxer Scotland would love nothing better than to be able to help boxers remain with their original owners, that would be the ideal situation. People are not always aware of the various services out there such as dog walkers, day boarding, help with vet fees, pet fostering, etc which could help their beloved boxer remain with them. One such service is Pet Fostering Service Scotland. PFSS provide a short term fostering services to those who: are suffering from poor health temporary homelessness are suffering from domestic abuse This is a free service provided by volunteers but they do ask you to cover the costs of feeding your pet. To find out more about the service and eligibility please visit their website http://www.pfss.org.uk/ In…