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Remember To Include Veterinary Care In Holiday Plans

14 years ago

9th July, 2010 00h00

If you are an animal owner planning to holiday with your pet this summer, remember to find out about the arrangements for out-of-hours emergencies at a local veterinary practice before you go. Veterinary surgeons across the UK are required under RCVS guidelines to make provision for out-of-hours emergency veterinary treatment, a commitment they have recently re-affirmed. However, it is your responsibility to know what to do and where to go in a veterinary emergency, something which is particularly important when travelling away from home. “Thankfully, the most eventful thing about a holiday for a pet is usually all the new and exciting places to explore,” says RCVS Vice-President Jerry Davies. “However, if an emergency does arise, pets depend on receiving prompt veterinary attention, so owners need to know in advance what to do and where to go.” The easiest way for you to find practices local to UK holiday destinations is via our free online ‘Find-a-Vet’ service, which can be searched by town or postcode. This also shows whether practices are accredited under our Practice Standards Scheme – a voluntary accreditation scheme which helps to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care. “Outside normal practice hours, the provision of emergency veterinary treatment can vary and might well be different from that which owners are used to at home,” says Jerry. “Practices may provide emergency cover themselves, team up with other practices to look after a bigger area, or contract out to dedicated emergency service providers.” “Practices should always be able to explain their arrangements clearly for the times when they are closed, so it’s best to give them a call beforehand to double check,” he advises. “An owner's usual veterinary practice may also be able to help target a suitable practice at a holiday destination.” So, before setting off on holiday, animal owners should remember the following:Jerry says, “Our main message to travelling pet owners is ‘know before you go’ so you can relax and enjoy your holiday with your pet.”

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