1 April 2022 – 3 Minute Read

What Do Vets Give Cats For Pain?

Vets will usually give cats NSAIDs for pain. NSAIDs are Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and they work by interrupting the pain triggers in the body, and reduce swelling. For more severe pain, vets might give cats Opioids, such as codeine or morphine.

Do Vets Do Payment Plans?

Some vets will do payment plans while others will not. Depending on the veterinary practice, they may offer payment plans as standard or be happy to negotiate them on a case-by-case basis. Some vets will not accept any form of payment plan and insist on upfront payment for the total amount.

What Flea Treatment Do Vets Use?

Different vets will use different flea treatments on animals. Popular options include Frontline Plus, Revolution Plus and Comfortis Chewable. There is not one single flea treatment which all vets will use so it is always best to ask your vet for their recommendations for your pet.

Can Pet Insurance Be Valid At Any Vets?

Yes, pet insurance is valid at any vets as long as the vet practice is licensed. When you have pet insurance, you can take your animal to any licensed vet and claim on your insurance. With most pet insurance, you are required to pay upfront and the insurance company will then reimburse you once you have submitted a claim

Can Vets Charge For Writing A Prescription?

Yes, vets can charge for writing a prescription and most will have a fee for this. The cost should be nominal and not be excessive or priced to prevent you from purchasing it. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has said that prescription charges must be reasonable but have not defined this further. Most vets charge from £10 to £15 for writing a prescription.

Do Vets Have Doctor Patient Confidentiality?

Yes, vets have doctor patient confidentiality, similar to doctors. A vet should not disclose or share information about a client or their pet unless the pet’s owner has given permission. In certain circumstances, such as animal welfare concerns, patient information can be disclosed.

Are Vets Open Bank Holidays?

Most vets are closed on bank holidays but offer out-of-hours care for emergency situations. Out-of-hours and emergency vets are open at night, over weekends and bank holidays. In some areas, a group of local vets will set up a system where they take it in turns to run an out-of-hours service.

Can You Change Vets Easily?

You can change vets by letting your old vet and your new vet know about your move. They will be able to share your pet’s medical records and keep them updated. Most vets keep medical records for 3 to 5 years so if you have not visited your former vet in this time, there may be no need to contact them.

Can Vets Do Home Visits?

Some vets will do home visits, if necessary, but will charge more for this service. Not all veterinary clinics offer home visits and some will only offer this in an emergency situation, or when you have no way of transporting your pet to them.

Do Vets Charge To Check For Microchip?

No, vets are not allowed to charge to check for a microchip and must offer this free of charge. If an animal has been found, a vet can check for a microchip to attempt to find an owner. All vets will offer this service for free.