5 essential documents to request for the purchase of a puppy or a kitten

Adopting a pet is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Once the latter has been carefully considered, it is advisable not to rush at any puppy or kitten. Indeed, it is better to check its origin, its state of health or its pedigree in order to avoid buying an animal from illegal trafficking or not yet weaned (less than 2 months old). For this, the seller must provide you with a number of documents attesting to his good faith. And it’s O-BLI-GA-TORY!

1. The certificate of sale

Any sale requires a facture. This is also the case when adopting a pet. The latter must absolutely include the date of salethem contact details of the seller and the buyerthem animal information (name, sex, breed, color, variety, date of birth, chip number, sale price, mode of payment).

If it is a purebred puppy, the invoice must also mention the registration number in the Book of French Origins (LOF) and the names and pedigree numbers of the sire and dam.

2. The electronic identification card

The seller must give you a document attesting to the identification of the animal by transponder, in other words a card with chip identification number given to the animal. Indeed, the identification of the puppy and the kitten by electronic chip is obligatory before any transfer.

The chip makes it easier to find the animal if it gets lost or is the victim of a road accident. Indeed, each veterinarian has a device for reading the number of the animal and so find its owner. In case of change of contact details, remember to update this information!

3. The health record

Before any sale, an animal must have been primary vaccine by a veterinarian. These vaccines will be listed in a vaccination card returned to the buyer. Puppies should be protected against distemper, Rubarth’s hepatitis, parvovirus and kennel cough, while cats should be protected against coryza, leucosis, typhus and chlamydia.

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4. The veterinary certificate

During the sale, a veterinary certificate less than 3 months old must be given to the buyer in order to certify the good health of the animal. This document allows you to make sure of the origin of the animal and freedom from diseases common to puppies and kittens imported from other countries, such as rabies.

In addition, immediately after adoption, it is still advisable to consult your veterinarian to be sure that your animal is not sick.

5. An information document

A booklet giving information about the habits of the adopted animalon its food, education and health needs must be given.

If it is a purebred puppy or kitten

In the event of the adoption of a purebred animal, a birth certificate, or provisional pedigree, must be provided. Indeed, this allows the buyer to ensure that the animal is registered in the French Book of Origins (LOF) or the Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF), and therefore that it is purebred.


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