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The Perfect Storm - How the cost-of-living crisis is hitting pet owners.

24th April 2023

The Perfect Storm – What happened to pets after lockdown?

During the first year of COVID-19, households across the UK jumped at the opportunity to finally welcome a pet to their home. This resulted in 3.2 million new pets being introduced across the country and the cost of new puppies and kittens skyrocketing.

While many people are still enjoying their new furry family member, the toll that this “pet boom” is now having on the veterinary and rescue sectors cannot be underestimated. And now with the cost of living crisis following close on the tail of the pandemic… what does this mean for families struggling to make ends meet, the pets some people weren’t quite prepared for, our busy vets, and stretched rescue shelters?

In this episode of ‘A Walk in the Park’, Patricia and Skye are joined by Dr Sam Webster, Clinical Operations at Vet-AI and Joii Pet Care, to talk about how an increase in pet ownership during lockdown and the current cost-of-living crisis has sadly created the perfect storm.

Patricia and Sam also talk about the support available for you and your pet if you are struggling financially or unsure how to access the right care to keep your cat or dog happy and healthy. For more information and resources, please visit our Affordability Hub.


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