I don’t know how some people sleep at night. Someone put this beautiful young black and white cat in a suitcase and abandoned him.
Fortunately, he was found by a member of the public and taken to The Mayhew. When he arrived, he was hot, frightened and in danger of dying. Lovingly cared for by The Mayhew and now named Panda, he is very friendly and well behaved. If you are can home this delightful boy contact The Mayhew on 020 8969 0178 or see more details at themayhew.org.
By coincidence, I couldn’t sleep last night – thinking about my sick cat. Last week I mentioned my cats were lying low because of the heat. I soon realised, one cat was lying a bit too low and was ill. A visit to the vet was needed.
I know that finding a good vet concerns many readers. If you’re looking for a vet, a good place to start can be to ask people you know with pets about their vet. For most local people I know with pets, I know which vet they use and what they think of them. Without exception, all of them want a practice where knowledge is up-to-date, staff have competent clinical skills and a caring attitude.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) highlights points to consider when choosing a vet ( https://findavet.rcvs.org.uk ). These include location of practice and services offered. The RCVS runs a Practice Standards Scheme which accredits practices according to the services they offer. Accreditation is voluntary but accredited practices are inspected every four years and meet certain standards.
Other issues to consider are opening hours and costs. In my experience, the longer the opening hours, the less chance of needing out-of-hours care – which can be expensive. Costs are obviously important and can vary between vets. I’ve just made a few phone calls and found the price for a basic consultation varies between £10 and £44.
To give you peace of mind when you have a sick animal, it can be worth doing your homework first.