Pet owners shun British vets for wine and worming trips abroad

British pet owners buy cheaper vet medicines abroad

source: Observer February 17 2002 p10

British pet owners are increasingly buying vet medicines for their pets abroad, where costs are lower. They can also buy medicines abroad that have to be bought on prescription in the UK, which means that buying them in the UK costs more, because owners may also have to pay for seeing a vet. Some owners with dogs needing long-term treatments can save several thousand pounds by buying vet products abroad, according to Dogs Today editor, Beverley Cuddy.

Meanwhile, the British Office of Fair Trading is investigating the UK market for vet prescription drugs, due to concerns that a monopoly may have developed. The market is worth some 200 million pounds sterling annually.