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UK pet owners worried about supply of pet medicines post ‘no deal’ Brexit

19th October 2018

Research by the National Office of Animal Health of over 1,000 UK pet owners has revealed that 62% are concerned that some pet medications might not be as readily available post Brexit as they are now if there is no deal, and 56% think if they are available, they will be more expensive. Leading on from these stats, 22% think that there will be a significant decline in the health of our pets due to a perceived shortage of medicines, with 19% saying they worry that our pets could develop serious health issues and 10% thinking pets might die as a result of all this. In terms of treatment, 52% believe access to vets at their time of need will be affected. 46% of those surveyed want the government to take immediate action to protect the supply of animal medicines by negotiating a suitable deal with the EU, whilst 17% believe that Brexit should be abandoned in order to solve this issue.
CEO of NOAH, Dawn Howard, said: “This new research shows that as we near the March 2019 deadline the British public are turning their thoughts to the impact of Brexit on the animals they love. Pet owner sentiment very much echoes our own industry sentiment in that we are all very concerned and in urgent need of clarity. Whilst Government advice published on 24 September provided some welcome information in relation to animal medicines, more clarity is needed. We all want to be able to uphold some of the best animal health and welfare standards in the world and ensure that our beloved family pets can continue to receive the veterinary care and protection they deserve.”

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