Mr Q Launches Dogs Campaign On Twitter



Mr Q, the local MSP’s sixth guide dog, launched a campaign for changes to VAT legislation on tweeter from Holyood with the help of Guide Dogs Scotland, hearing dogs for deaf people and dogs for the disabled. Mr Q is twitting @Mr_Q_dog Edinburgh.


Mr Q twitted:

“That was cool meeting all the other dogs in the Scottish Parliament today.”


SNP MSP Dennis Robertson Scottish Parliament has seconded a motion at parliament to have assistance dogs – including guide dogs and caring support dogs – classed as working dogs in regards to VAT legislation. Currently, food for assistance dogs is not VAT exempted which adds £120,967 per year to the food bill for dogs in Scotland. Other ‘working dogs’ such as sheep dogs and greyhounds currently enjoy VAT exemption from their food.


The Aberdeenshire MSP added:

“Under current legislation only dog food which is high in protein is zero rated. As this food is designed for dogs who are active for the majority of the day this food is simply not suitable for assistance dogs. This means that whilst working dogs such as sheepdogs and greyhounds are not subject to VAT on their food, assistance dogs such as guide dogs and hearing dogs are. This is particularly unfair on the charitable organisations who work so hard to train and support assistance dogs through their working lives.”


Although the VAT bill only comes to around £84,340 per year for all of the assistance dogs in Scotland changes to the VAT legislation will help all of the assistance dog owners in the UK and will save these charities more money. Guide Dogs Scotland use premium dry dog foods which are able to provide a range of diets which meet the needs of the diverse dog population. These include feeding pregnant bitches, weaning diets, growth diets suitable for large breed puppies, maintenance diets for adults, reduced and lower activity diets for adults, diets to suit the older/senior dog and a range of veterinary prescription diets.