The RSPCA has launched new guidance for worried pet owners to help them through the ongoing cost of living crisis after it warned that the cost increases could impact pet-owners’ abilities to take care of their pets.
The charity revealed it received 3,644 calls last year (2021) categorised as ‘help with vet bills’ – a growth of 12% on the year before when 3,241 calls were received.
On the RSPCA’s website 5% of visits to the advice and welfare pages were owners looking for help in financially caring for their animals.
The RSPCA’s chief vet Caroline Allen said: “Times are tough for so many people at the moment, the cost of living is spiralling and many people may face difficult financial decisions over the coming months. It may be tempting to bury your head in the sand if your pet seems unwell and you are worried about costs but this can lead to increased problems later down the line.
“The first step towards helping your pet is contacting a vet. Although it can feel awkward to talk about money, it is good to speak honestly with your vet about what you can afford as there may be alternative options.”
She added: “These may not be the best option that exists to treat your pet’s illness, but they may still help your pet to feel better. Depending on your circumstances or where you live there may also be charities who can help.”