Vets urge pet owners to plan ahead of their ‘Great British Petaway’

The British Veterinary Association is urging anyone holidaying with their pets this summer to plan ahead to avoid overwhelming veterinary practices in popular UK holiday towns.

The advice comes amid reports that holiday hotspots across the UK are seeing record bookings in the run up to the easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday (July 19) and the start of the school holidays for many in that same week.

The increase in pet ownership during the pandemic also means many more holidaymakers are likely to travel with their furry friends over the coming weeks.

Daniella Dos Santos, BVA’s senior vice president, said: “We’re hearing from vets in popular holiday hotspots that they are already busier than ever, and with lockdown restrictions easing and school holidays around the corner, summer breaks in the UK with pets are only expected to soar.

“Pets are a huge part of the family and so it’s understandable that some owners will want to take them along on holiday, but it’s important to plan in advance. Of course, emergencies may happen, and vets will always be there for you and your pets, but with some preparation ahead of travel, you can help avoid overwhelming local veterinary practices in your destination as well as ensure peace of mind for you and top health for your pet.”

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