CUTE canines of all shapes and sizes got a free health check thanks to a Dogs Trust roadshow in Greenock.

Experts were on hand to provide advice, nail clipping and microchipping at Branchton Community Centre.

Dog owners flocked to the event organised by Oak Tree Housing Association in conjunction with the animal welfare charity.

Robert Cochrane, 59, of Cumberland Road, brought his Lhasa Apso, Cooper, along.

He said: "It's fantastic idea.

"If you can't afford to go to the vet, you can come here and get your dog checked."

Local woman Allison Black, who runs Petsearch, an animal rescue service, said: "It's wonderful.

"It makes my job a lot easier.

"People often forget to update their details on the microchip when they move house.

"It's a really good turnout."

Dog walker Chris Piggott, 47, of Inverkip Road, brought his son's Bull Mastiff Saxon to the event.

He told the Telegraph: "He was rehomed to us three months ago.

"We haven't had him that long so I'm here to get his health check, microchipped and his nails clipped."

Miniature Jack Russell Sam was also waiting in line to be micro-chipped.

Owner Kirsty Brown, 30, said: "I think this idea is a big help."

Nick Jardine, chief executive of Oak Tree Housing Association, said: "We encouraged our dog-owning tenants to join the wider community at this drop-in, as we teamed up with the Dogs Trust to help promote responsible dog ownership.

"On top of the free heath checks and microchipping service with the Dogs Trust veterinary nurse, there were giveaways and materials offering information on a wide range of topics from neutering and fireworks to training DVDs and how to be safe around dogs.

"We were delighted to welcome so many dog owners, along with their trusted friends, to the roadshow.”

Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK.

Running the roadshows with housing associations, local authorities and other stakeholders across Scotland, its team aim to deliver general awareness campaigns and address dog-related problems.

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