Continuing uncertainty over Brexit has led to a spike in the number of owners visiting their vet for pet travel guidance in the last three months, the latest British Veterinary Association survey reveals.
BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession poll shows that more than eight in 10 (85%) companion animal vets (85%) have been approached by pet owners for advice about travelling with their pet in the event of a no-deal Brexit. And nearly three-quarters (74%) report seeing an increase in such queries since November, with around 40% seeing a significant spike.
This follows warnings issued to pet owners by Defra and BVA last year, urging them to begin preparations to take their pet to the EU at least four months ahead of their expected travel date. A no-deal situation would bring additional testing and certification requirements and require owners to prepare further ahead to get pets cleared for travel.
While about half (48%) of vets approached by clients for pet travel advice said they could respond to most of their questions, many felt unable to answer all queries in detail due to the current uncertainty over Brexit timeframes and what form it will take.