The COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in acquisitions of puppies in the UK, dubbed the "Pandemic Puppy" phenomenon. In addition to an increased demand for puppies, widespread changes to both why and how puppies were purchased during this period compared to pre-pandemic 2019 purchases were documented, many of which threatened canine welfare (e.g., puppies being collected away from their place of birth, without seeing their mother). This study aimed to explore which changes to the pre-purchase and purchase motivations and behaviours of UK owners who purchased a puppy aged
|Department of Clinical Science and Services, The Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield AL9 7TA, UK.EviVet Evidence-Based Veterinary Consultancy, Nottingham NG2 5HY, UK.Department of Pathobiology and Population Sciences, The Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield AL9 7TA, UK.
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