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pet transport

Because I’m a home visiting vet, I obviously believe that having your pet examined at home is a good idea.

But sometimes it’s not possible, or practical. In the UK, there are not yet enough mobile vets, so in some areas a home visit is just not an option. And sometimes it’s obvious that surgery or intensive medical care is going to be required; there are lot of things that are better dealt with in a purpose built surgery. They have the equipment and the trained staff  available who can give your pet the care he or she needs.

If your pet is really sick, they are not usually a problem to get into a clinic. If you are stuck for transport, it’s worth while asking the clinic you are trying to get to, if they know of any animal transportation or pet taxis in your area. It can be tricky getting people to agree to let you take your dog in their car, but if you are desperate and try all friends and neighbours, you will often find someone.

Cats are easier, as a lot of minicab companies have one or two drivers who will allow a caged cat, or other small pet in their vehicle. It’s always wise to ask at the point of booking though, so you don’t get a driver who turns up and then refuses to transport you and your poorly pet.

Don’t forget pets are allowed on public transport, although if they are really poorly you are probably not going to want to take them on the tube or bus. But it’s there as a last resort.

If you have a dog that is not keen on visiting your vet, it’s worth checking their collar isn’t too lose before you get to the front door, so they don’t escape. Once you are inside, let the receptionist know your pet isn’t  keen, so they can alert the vet to utilise their best bedside manner.

The biggest complaint cat owners have, is that they can’t get their cats into the cat carriers. Even a quite poorly kitty is capable of putting up a good fight; cats are sharp at all 4 corners and will bite without a second thought when they feel threatened.

Firstly, if you have a choice, buy a top loading instead of a front loading cat carrier. It’s much easier to lower your pet in through the roof than try and shove them through the front door. And once you are at the vets, it’s up to them to get the cat out, plus they will load them up for you once they have been examined. So, all you need to do is get them in their carrier once.

If all else fails, get a big towel, drop it over the protesting feline, wrap it well and place the whole bundle in the cat carrier. Your cat may be a little cross but they won’t suffocate. Just make sure all the carrier doors are locked firmly and don’t open them again until you get into the consult room.

Oh, and before you put your cat in any kind of carrier, it’s a good idea to put a good, thick layer of newspaper down on the floor…

This cat carrier advice works well for any small, furry animal really.

Please don’t take dogs without leads, or cats or any other small, furry animal  not in a cage into a waiting room. It’s important to have your pet under control in such stressful surroundings.

If you don’t, you could make an already ill animal even sicker.