UK Veterinary Help
When travelling to your holiday destination in the UK with a pet you should plan ahead in case you need the services of a vet.
Ask Your Own VetIf your pet is on mediation or has recently been treated for an ailment check with you vet that it is alright for the animal to travel. If he advises against this it may be possible for him to stay at the veterinary surgery while you are away. He will be able to continue his treatment and you will be assured that he is in the best possible care.
Paperwork and RecommendationIf your pet does travel with you ask your vet if he can recommend a veterinary surgeon in the area where you are staying in case your pet is taken ill. Remember to take your own vets details with you along with any relevant paperwork concerning your dog’s recent treatment, so that in an emergency you are able to contact him and also let the new vet liaise with him.
AccidentYou may be involved in an accident on your way to your holiday destination and need the assistance of a vet. The police will be able to give you details of a local vet and will call him out for you if you require roadside assistance for your pet. Remember that most of the general public are animal lovers and if you are really in trouble someone will stop and give you assistance.
DestinationIf you are travelling to one destination and will be staying there for the duration of your vacation it is possible to check out the local vets before you leave home. Ask at the hotel or guest house where you are staying as they may have pets themselves and could recommend a good vet in the vicinity.
InsuranceIf you have pet insurance you may find that your insurance company keeps a list of vets that they work with. Not only would this be a recommendation but if you need to claim on your insurance to process will be a little easier with all parties being aware of each other.
If the Worst Should HappenIf the worst should happen and your pet dies while you are on vacation you may be faced with how to dispose of your pet. Perhaps if you were at home you would have buried him in the garden but you cannot travel across country transporting a body, it would be most unhealthy. Enquire as to the whereabouts of the closest pet crematorium and arrange to have your much loved pet cremated. It is possible to wait and you can then take the ashes away with you. Your pet can then travel home with you where you can bury him in the garden or keep his ashes in the home. Cremation is becoming very popular amongst pet owners and the service that the crematorium provides is both professional and sympathetic.
By planning ahead when travelling with a pet that may require veterinary attention during your vacation you will not experience too many problems.