Working to prevent unnecessary illness and suffering in pets

Due to Covid-19 safety measures like social distancing, we can't operate our Pet Hospitals at full capacity. So we have had to limit the number of appointments available for people to visit our Pet Hospitals each day.

This means we’ve had to make difficult decisions and reduce the range of services we offer. Until further notice will not be providing preventive treatments such as neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and routine clinics. We've done this so that we can keep our vets available to treat life-threatening emergencies.

Prevention is always better than cure. We have advice and guidance online to help owners keep their pets happy and healthy during this difficult time.

 

Our preventative work

Neutering

Neutering prevents unwanted pet pregnancies and can also help with a range of issues (for example, neutering your cat can help to stop them fighting). Unneutered female cats and dogs also risk developing pyometra – a life-threatening infection in the uterus. By getting your female pet neutered, this no longer becomes a risk and you can avoid a potentially devastating visit to the vet.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations can prevent a whole variety of serious conditions from developing. They can also help our pets fight off infections, such as parvovirus in puppies.

Microchipping

Microchipping is also important, especially for cats and dogs. It is a legal requirement for dog owners and can help reunite all lost pets with their owners. Cats in particular have a tendency to wander quite far, so microchipping is an assurance that, if they can’t find their way home, anyone who finds them can contact their owner.

Pre-purchase

We are still working hard to make sure people understand everything they need to consider before getting a pet. We have lots of advice to help people make the right choices when getting a new pet, including what to think about before getting a specific pet, the costs to consider and advice on where to get a new pet.

Pet Fit Club

Our annual Pet Fit Club pet slimming contest helps some of the UK’s largest pets to slim down and get healthy, while raising awareness of this vital issue. We hope to be able to return to Pet Fit Club in 2021.

Being overweight can lead to illnesses such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes; as well as reduced life expectancy. By raising awareness and encouraging people to watch their pet's weight, we hope to prevent these harmful conditions from developing in the first place.

Vet Care range

Our vet team has developed a great range of care products for pets. All these products are approved by our vets and sold at our Pet Hospitals. The Vet Care range covers general care, supplements and home treatments including:

  • Dog shampoo
  • Ear cleaners for dogs/cats
  • Supplements (including probiotics, joint supplements, skin supplements)
  • Dog treats.
  • You can purchase our Vet Care products online or at your local PDSA Pet Hospital

 

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