Earlier this year, a survey by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) found that vets across the country are seeing increasing numbers of pets with issues that could’ve been prevented or minimised if they had been seen sooner.
According to their Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey, 99% of vets had seen pets in the last year who should’ve been brought in for treatment earlier – a significant increase of almost 20% since 2018. When asked about the reasons for this, 91% of vets found that financial reasons were a key factor.
As part of ITV Meridian’s coverage of the findings, vet Helen Hulley and the team at St Kitts Vets Basingstoke welcomed film crews to the practice to discuss our own experiences.
If you didn’t manage to catch the news when it first aired, here is the clip of the feature!
Importance of preventative care
The BVA’s study highlights the importance of regular check-ups and preventative care to help keep your pets happy and healthy, while keeping veterinary costs to a minimum. There are many simple and affordable things you can do, including:
- Annual vaccinations
- Regular health checks with your vet
- Staying on top of flea, tick and worming
- Keeping weight in check
- Regular teeth cleaning
- Getting plenty of exercise
- Regular nail trims
At St Kitts Vets we offer our Pet Healthcare Plans, which are designed to help spread the cost of routine and preventative treatment with simple monthly payments. Many of the steps above are either included free or at a discount for members.
Importance of pet insurance
Another great way to ensure you’re there for your pet when they need it most is by having a suitable pet insurance policy in place. Pet insurance can be used for most illnesses and injuries and will mean you don’t have to worry about any unexpected vet bills.
We offer 4 weeks FREE insurance to all new registrations (T&Cs apply). Please talk to our team to find out more.
If you’d like to chat about your pet with our team, please give your local practice a call.
St Kitts Vets Hartley Wintney: 01252 844044
St Kitts Vets Basingstoke: 01256 844944
Crookham Park Veterinary Centre: 01252 913990
Firgrove Veterinary Centre: 01252 877799