The pet population is booming yet industry data shows that pets are spending less time at the vets than they used to. Luckily there are plenty of charities and organisations out there for our animal friends. Scott Banks tracks down a few key websites and resources that pharmacy staff can recommend to pharmacy customers.
Since 1897 the Blue Cross has been helping to care for sick, injured and homeless pets. The charity runs clinics across the country caring for over 40,000 animals. The Blue Cross provides more than just rehoming animals, it also provides clinical treatment for pets whose owners can’t afford it, as well as behavioural therapy and pet bereavement services.
Emergency treatment: (Victoria, Merton and Hammersmith hospitals) 0300 777 1890
Grimsby hospital: 0300 777 1840
Pet Food Manufacturing Association
Pet Food Manufacturing Association is a trade organisation that aims to promote good nutritious and safe pet food. The website provides resources such as fact sheets on weight management for pets and nutritional information. There is plenty of information available on the website to ensure pets are kept happy and healthy.
6th Floor, 10 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SL
Tel: 0207 379 9009
The National Office of Animal Health has been the representative body for companies researching and developing licensed animal medicines in the UK since 1986. The organisation aims to promote safe and effective medicines. It gives a voice to the industry and offers a Compendium of Data Sheets for animal medicines.
3 Crossfield Chambers, Gladbeck Way, Enfield, Middlesex EN27H
Tel: +44 (0)20 8367 3131
Animal Health Trust
Based in Suffolk, the Animal Health Trust aims to better understand the various animal diseases in order to find ways to treat them and prevent them in future. It also offers clinical referral services and diagnostic testing for horses, dogs and cats in East Anglia, across the UK and internationally.
Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket CB8 7UU
Tel: 01638 751000
While not focused solely on pet health this organisation can help care for a pet when its owner is facing illness. The company provides people who can offer a variety of services for pets and their owners from microchipping to simple dog walking. The organisation provides insured and trained pet carers who are taught first aid, sanitation and elderly pet care.
Tel: 01264 326362
The Pet Charity
The Pet Charity is just that, a charity for pets. It conducts research into pet health as well as other aspects of life with pets and how animals can benefit people. For owners, it has a particularly useful set of resources on its website regarding pet care, broken down by species.
Tel: 01234 224506