Dogs bought in lockdown in danger of neglect this winter due to owner job losses

Celeb vet Rory Cowlam is warning of a puppy crisis, as pets snapped up during the ­lockdown are shown the door.

Rory, who is best known as CBBC’s Rory the Vet, says charities like the RSPCA are expecting to be inundated with pets this winter.

“Many people got a puppy during lockdown and it is only now we, as vets, are beginning to see the problems that has caused,” he said.

“Firstly, a lot of these puppies were bought from unscrupulous breeders for a lot of money and owners are beginning to see that these dogs can often be unhealthy or have long-term medical conditions that are difficult and expensive to treat.

“Add to that the fact many owners are losing their jobs, and we are seeing people putting off having their animals treated because they can’t afford it.

TV vet Rory Cowlam says: “We are regularly seeing owners push back treatment for six months”

“We are regularly seeing owners push back treatment for six months. We always find a way to help people who are struggling so I’d urge them always to seek help for pets.

“And most importantly, take out pet insurance. Insurance is important for all pets but particularly dogs.”

Blue Peter vet Rory also works at The Neighbourhood practice in East Dulwich, London

Blue Peter vet Rory also works at The Neighbourhood practice in East Dulwich, London, and has just released a book about his work with animals.

He also says he has seen a spike in dogs suffering from separation anxiety now owners are back in the office.

Rory has just released a book about his work with animals.

“Owners come in despair because they can’t leave the dog for a second,” he said. “They are howling constantly, ­destroying things and barking.

“These poor puppies have been used to a house full of people and then ­suddenly, everyone is back at school and work and out of the house for eight hours a day. In some cases, the anxiety is so severe the dog has to be rehomed.

Rory is an ambassador for the RSPCA

“I’d advise owners who are still working at home to start leaving their dog for five minutes, for 15, building up to a couple of hours, so they get used to it.”

As an ambassador for the RSPCA, Rory fears local rescue centres will struggle.

He said: “The London Marathon is the biggest ­fundraising event for these ­charities and it didn’t happen in the same way this year so I would urge anyone who can spare a few pounds to make a donation.”

■ The Secret Life of a Vet by Rory Cowlam (@rorythevet) is available from Amazon and all good book stores.

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