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Free health MOT for North Yorkshire dogs

Free health MOT for North Yorkshire dogs

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 7:49am 2nd September 2010.

North Yorkshire dog owners are invited to bring their canine companions along to PDSA’s PetCheck vehicle from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 September and take advantage of a free dog health check, as part of veterinary charity PDSA’s annual UK-wide PetCheck tour.


The PDSA PetCheck vehicle will be at the following locations:

Thursday 2 – Whitby Leisure Centre, West Cliff, Whitby – 10am to 5pm

Friday 3 – Scarborough Leisure Centre, Ryndle Crescent, Scarborough – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 4 – Dalby Forest, Low Dalby, Pickering – 10am to 5pm

Sunday 5 – Dalby Forest, Low Dalby, Pickering – 10am to 4pm


An on-board Veterinary Nurse will examine the weight, body shape, teeth, eyes, coat and general fitness of dogs, and will offer free advice on other companion animals.


PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Sean Wensley, said: “PDSA’s PetCheck tour is the perfect opportunity for dog owners to get their four-legged friend’s health checked free of charge.


“The tour is a vital part of our ongoing work to ensure the health and welfare needs of the nation’s pets are being met. For example, last year, one in every four dogs who visited the vehicle was suffering from dental disease, and over one in three were overweight. Both conditions can have serious long-term health implications. By touring the UK with the PDSA PetCheck vehicles we are able to provide owners with advice on how to improve their pet’s health before any problems become too advanced.”  


For safety reasons, only dogs can be brought along to the PetCheck vehicle. However, PDSA’s Veterinary Nurse will be happy to provide free advice and answer owners’ questions on all types of companion animals. Dog owners must keep their pets on a lead at all times and should never leave them locked in cars. 


About PDSA PetCheck

PDSA was founded by Maria Dickin CBE, who opened the charity’s first dispensary in 1917 to treat the sick and injured pets of people in need. In 1921 she created her first ‘PetCheck vehicle’ by converting an old gypsy caravan into a horse-drawn clinic and, accompanied by a vet, travelled Britain treating animals. By 1935 PDSA had 11 motor caravan clinics travelling the country.


Today, alongside its 43 PetAid hospitals, five PetAid branches and 350 PetAid practices, PDSA has three custom-designed PetCheck vehicles which tour the country from March to October every year. PDSA’s first and largest vehicle, PetCheck 1, was kindly donated by benefactors Julie and Robert Breckman and has been on the road since 2002.


Since the programme first launched, PDSA has welcomed over 200,000 visitors to its PetCheck vehicles, carried out health checks on more than 30,000 dogs and answered around 14,000 general pet care enquiries.


PDSA receives no government or lottery funding and relies entirely on public support to fund its vital services. To find out more about PDSA, the PetCheck tour or ways to support the charity visit




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