Helpline for new dog buyers

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A free telephone helpline to aid prospective dog and cat owners has been set up by a national supermarket bank.

The phone line – set up by Tesco Bank and free to all Tesco Clubcard holders – will help pet owners choose the right breed for them and provide helpful advice on the first few weeks of pet ownership.

The phone line has been launched in response to a survey of pet owners which shows that 8 out of 10 new pet owners found the early days with their pets challenging and almost half said they did no research to help them resolve these challenges. Additionally, almost a third of pet owners did no research prior to buying or adopting their pet.

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