We are entitled to PDSA treatment, with our first dog 6 years ago we were not, our insurance was £4.50 pm.
I now cannot find a quote for under £20pm (we have 2 dogs too)
Do the PDSA get paid from insurers like private vets?
Or would it either be
a - get insurance & use private vets,
b - use PDSA?
We have been taking the dogs to the private vets upto now (cost over £100 uptonow for injections, worming, flea treatment and a headbump) and add another £80 in 2 weeks for 2nd injections and microchipping for both.
Obviously this is what it costs to get the puppies off to a good start in life and am happy to pay it but am more wondering over accidents / illnesses etc ...
We are entitled, but won't give up the insurance 'cos dog has a skin allergy. V. expensive to treat if it flairs. Covered with PPlan, but if we stop insurance it would become pre-existing. If we then stopped PDSA entitlement, we'd be stuffed.
Thanks disenchanted - it's not exactly an 'entitlement', like NHS care or welfare benefits though is it? The PDSA is a charity that relies on fundraising and often bequests from wills. I get a bit annoyed with people who get pets when they knowingly wouldn't be able to afford vet fees etc, it doesn't seem fair to make a lifestyle choice such as having pets without the means to keep them healthy... I'm not having a go, and I don't know your situation, so - if you got the dogs when your income was greater and now you've fallen on harder times then I'd say use the PDSA, if you got the dogs when on benefits, knowing you wouldn't be able to afford vet bills, go with insurance - it's your moral/ethical choice I think!
Thats mn for you Disenchanted, always ready to have a go.
We have a cat and she was insured until I split with xp and went onto benfits. I did carry on paying for a while until someone reminded me that i'd be entitled to tratement from the pdsa, so I cancelled the policy.
I took the cat once as she was generally out of sorts and off her food, and they gave her an antibiotic shot and a course of ab's. I donated £5 and so did my dad.
I would have liked to of donated more, but wasn't able at the time.
Disenchanted- My friend uses the PDSA, but she also has insurance on her younger dog( she has two) . I think her concern is that he would get some sort of illness like diabetes that would require lifetime medication and that for whatever reason the PDSA in her area may close, or she may move.
Good luck with whatever you decide, I am at your pups