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PDSA PetAid Scheme

PDSA (People's Dispensary For Sick Animals) PetAid is a scheme under which the sick or injured pets of needy owners can receive essential treatment from the Cater Veterinary Practice, in return for a small donation.


The cost of treatment is paid for by the PDSA but is only given to those who qualify for PDSA help and whose animals are registered with the PDSA. Please note that non-essential treatment such as vaccinations, flea treatment, home visits are not covered by the scheme. Only one pet per household can be covered under the scheme


We can register you as a PDSA client if you live within the LL30, LL31 or LL32 postcode areas and are currently in receipt of either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit. You will need to register before any treatment is needed.


You will be asked to complete a simple application form, which must then be handed back to us for signing by the vet and sending to the PDSA. The application form must be accompanied by:


(1) A £7.50 postal order (made payable to PDSA) to assist with administrative costs.

(2) A photocopy of documents proving that you are in receipt of Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit. (Please do not send originals.)


If you cannot find the required documents there is a section on the form that can be used to obtain proof from your Housing Office that you receive Housing or Council Tax benefit.


Please ask at Reception for an application form and information leaflet. The PDSA relies entirely upon public support to maintain its services and without the generosity of pet lovers could not continue its charitable work.


You can learn more about their work by visiting their website at


Your PDSA Questions answered....


Who is eligible for the PDSA scheme at Cater Veterinary Practice?

Any household receiving council tax benefit or housing benefit within the postcode areas of LL30, LL31 & LL32.


Does my pet have to be vaccinated?

All animals on PDSA Pet Practice Service at Cater Veterinary Practice must be up to date with their routine vaccinations. This is a requirement of the practice and does not reflect PDSA policy. This is in line with the practice policy of encouraging effective preventative care for all patients.


Can I have more than one pet on the scheme?

No. Only one pet per eligible household can be registered on the scheme.


Where should I go for treatment for my other animals?

If you have an animal on the PDSA Pet Practice scheme, all other pets on the same household should get their veterinary treatment at Cater Veterinary Practice. It is recommended that animals that are not on PDSA should be insured against accident and illness.


Why do I have to get my form in by a certain date?

We send our forms in one or two large batches a month and we need to allow plenty of time so that they can be processed before the beginning of the next month by the PDSA. This is time and cost effective for the practice and the PDSA. If you are making your first application a member of staff can advise you of the closing date each month. If you are submitting a renewal, please do so as soon as you receive the renewal form.


Can I send my form directly to the PDSA?

No. The form must be countersigned by the practice, and therefore should be returned to us in the first instance.


Does the PDSA cover neutering of my pets?

The PDSA does not cover any routine healthcare. All vaccinations, wormers and flea treatments should be purchased at Cater Veterinary Practice. This helps to offset the costs of running the scheme for the practice. The surgery runs a very effective Pet Health Club to help reduce and spread costs. More information is available from our Reception Team. Neutering of dogs can be arranged at a discounted rate for those who are eligible for certain benefits. This is under a separate scheme run by the charity Dogs Trust. The charity Cats Protection also offer a voucher scheme to reduce to cost of neutering your cat.


What does PDSA Pet Service cover?

PDSA Pet Service covers basic treatment for sickness and injury. It is strictly limited to the treatments that can be provided by the registered practice and all treatment is at the discretion of the veterinary surgeon that is dealing with your pet. There are restrictions on certain treatment options such as chemotherapy (which is not covered). It is designed to maintain the welfare of the patient and therefore non-essential interventions e.g. removal of benign lumps may not be covered. Please note that, if your pet has a previously diagnosed condition that requires continuous medication, you will be required to bring your pet in for a paid initial consultation to assess your pet’s current condition and medication needs.


If my pet needs specialist treatment can I get that under the PDSA?

No. The PDSA Pet Practice Service will cover any treatment that can be given at the surgery but cannot contribute to referral costs.


My pet has a problem now, can I get help instantly?

You can always get help instantly; it just will not be free under the scheme. The scheme relies on prior registration of your pet. You should endeavour to register as soon as you can to avoid such a problem from arising. You may be required to deal with existing problems yourself before registration can be accepted. You may be eligible for some assistance towards urgent initial costs and the vet will be able to advise you on this when your pet is examined.


What happens if I need treatment for my pet out of normal working hours?

PDSA Pet Practice Service does not cover out of hours call out fees or house visits. Call early if your pet has a problem to avoid the need for an out of hours call. You must bring your PetAid certificate with you whenever you attend at the surgery. This is particularly important with out of hours calls when you may have to attend at the VetsNow Out Of Hours service in Colwyn Bay.


Is the treatment really free?

It is, but we expect you to make some donation to the PDSA and you will be asked each time you attend to make a contribution. The suggested donation is around 20% (a fifth) of the cost of treatment but the more you can give, the better. Be aware that treatment cannot be given free if you do not have a valid certificate with you. There is an access fee payable when you renew your PDSA certificate every 6 months. In July 2016 the fee is currently £7.50, which must be paid by Postal Order.


Can I go to a different surgery under the PDSA?

No. Cater Veterinary Practice is the only registered practice in the area that provides this special service. If you choose to go elsewhere you will have to pay their charges as normal. The same applies if you take your pet with you on a visit out of the area.


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