The Christmas Rota in a veterinary practice often includes days that are open for emergencies only. And there might be some early finishes to factor in as well. Make sure that you ask your veterinary practice well in advance for this information. Owners of elderly or sick pets will particularly appreciate having this information.
Think about the services that you might need over the Christmas period if your pet(s) take ill or pass away, what numbers should you call if you need emergency treatment? – if your pet passes away at home what about the crematorium? Over 80% of pets in the UK are euthanased when the time comes, either at the veterinary practice or at home. This means a substantial number will die at home, and you may have no idea what to do in this situation. It is advisable to speak to your vet who should be able to give you information and contact details of your local pet crematorium to find out what days they are open or what they may offer pet owners who find themselves with a body of a beloved pet who has passed away. Can you go directly to the crematorium?, can the crematorium pick up a body from your home? Knowing this in advance will help provide you with appropriate advice should you need help on 24th/25th/26th December or the New Year about a sick or deceased pet.
You might want to find information on any other services you may need, perhaps local boarding kennels for emergency situations, opening hours for the pet shop or food supplies, what to do if you are running out of medication. All these things are important and might save you time scrambling for the information when you may need it the most.