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Vets will offer support to low-income pet owners who are struggling with the cost of living crisis this year.
The RSPCA Central Branch in Suffolk has opened a new clinic at Cedarwood Vets in Stowmarket due to growing demand at its wellness clinic in Ipswich.
The clinic will support people on low incomes or on benefits with veterinary care in an effort to help struggling families care for their pets.
The new clinic will include discounted spaying, consultations and medications, flea and worm treatments, and vaccinations for kittens and puppies.
There may also be support for the costs associated with additional medical treatment; such as operations, the RSPCA said.
RSPCA Suffolk Central branch manager Kim Puttock said: ‘We know firsthand how important it is to provide access to wellness clinics and how they can help support people’s pets. low-income people struggling to make ends meet; especially as the cost of living increases.
“We want to be able to help as many animals as possible in Suffolk and pet owners who need support, financial or otherwise, to keep their pets healthy and healthy.
“The RSPCA’s aim is to improve animal welfare and if we can do that while keeping a pet with its loving family, then we will do what we can.”
It comes after the RSPCA’s Animal Kindness Index – based on a YouGov survey examining the nation’s attitude towards animals – found that the rising cost of living and the cost of owning a pet in company are of great concern to people in the UK.
The survey found that 78% of pet owners said they thought the cost of living would affect their pets, 68% said they were concerned about the rising cost of care and 19% were worried about how they could afford to feed their pets.
In the East, 71% of respondents said the cost of pet care had become higher in the past 12 months, while 30% said they were worried about being able to afford to s properly care for their animal.
Another 21% said they were worried about the cost of feeding their pets.
The branch manager added: ‘Having this clinic open in the Stowmarket area means we can help more people and pets in a new area, which we might otherwise not have reached.’
The Cedarwood Wellness Clinic will operate every Wednesday, by appointment only, and is aimed specifically at people on low incomes or on benefits who are looking for support to care for their animals.
Cedarwood practice manager Jo Payne said: “We are a small animal practice, with free parking on site.
“Our friendly and dedicated team are always happy to help and provide the best care for your pet, because they are part of the family too.
“Being based in the small market town of Stowmarket and working with the local RSPCA is a ‘win-win’ situation for all, as it helps us to both provide the services and care the animals need.”