Are vets still open during coronavirus pandemic?

The UK is currently under lockdown, and people have been told to stay at home. However, during this time some essential services are still operating.

Are vets still open during the coronavirus lockdown?

If you are worried about your pet’s health, it is really important you still seek veterinary help for them during the current outbreak.

As detailed by the British Veterinary Association, veterinary practices are now reducing face-to-face contact in line with the current social distancing measures.

However, they are still providing emergency care in person and can travel to and from work for this purpose.

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If your vet deems the situation an emergency, they may ask you to bring your pet into the practice.

However, your local veterinary surgery will be following social distancing measures, and you should ask them to advise you on the surgery’s current procedure.

You may not be able to come in with your pet for the appointment, and they may ask you to telephone the practice when you arrive.

Amanda Boag, who is group referral director at My Family Pet and oversees clinical leadership at Vets Now, the UK’s leading pet emergency service, said: “We realise this is a hugely worrying time for everyone, and for the 12 million pet owners (44 percent of households) throughout the UK their family, friends, and pets are their number one priority.

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“Pets should not suffer needlessly regardless of the measures in place to tackle the spread of coronavirus so, if you’re worried, please do not hesitate to call us.

“If our staff determine that your pet needs essential treatment, we will see you.

“As a world-leading provider of veterinary care, it is our responsibility to prevent and control infections and our thousands of vets and vet nurses will continue to be here for pet owners at the time they need us most.

“Our practices have robust protocols in place to ensure animal welfare alongside protection of client and staff health and wellbeing.”

Can my pet visit the vet if I am self-isolating?

The Government is currently advising anyone with symptoms of coronavirus to self-isolate for at least seven days.

If you live in the same household as someone with symptoms, or have come into contact with someone with symptoms, you must self-isolate for at least 14 days.

But if during this period your pet needs medical attention, you should arrange for a friend or family member to take your pet to the vets on your behalf.

If this is the case, you should not come into contact with this friend or family member so as to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

If someone is not available to collect your pet, discuss your options with the vet and they may be able to help.

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