THE RSPCA Warrington, Halton and St Helens branch has expanded their services at Runcorn First Aid Clinic.

The clinic will now offer vaccinations, flea and worming treatments to help pet owners on benefits provide the best care for their four-legged friends.

Alana Bibby, animal welfare team leader, said: "We are really excited to be offering our clients new services that will prevent an easily treatable concern from becoming a bigger issue, causing pain and distress for the animals and their owners.

"It is important to treat cats and dogs for fleas and worms regularly and now with our clinic offering this service, it will be easy for owners to prevent parasites on their animals.

"Regular vaccinations are essential for your pet’s welfare too so to be able to offer them as well is fantastic."

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The RSPCA Warrington, Halton and St Helens branch have been running a first aid clinic in Runcorn since the 1940s.

The clinic is part of the RSPCA’s commitment to helping the community and aims to support pet owners who are struggling to make ends meet.

Run by branch volunteers alongside veterinary staff from Rose Cottage Veterinary Centre, the Windmill Street clinic offers non-emergency vet advice and is open to the public from 3pm to 3.30pm every Thursday with clients seen on a first-come-first-served basis.

Used by pet owners who are in receipt of benefits, the clinic has a standard £10 consultation fee and fees for prescriptions and other charges may also be made at cost price.

Payment is by cash only and proof of benefits and identity (clients must be over 18) will be required.

The clinic also plans to offer neutering vouchers in the near future to help support the cost of spays and castrations.

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