New SVS Office

Starla posing outside our new front door

Starla posing outside our new front door

Still on the Isle of Wight, we have moved even closer to the heart of sailing – to Cowes Old Town itself. The new office is still a working progress but is it a positive change - just around the corner from Olensinski superyacht designers, multiple boat builders, splicers, riggers and of course, across the water from the Southampton docks, we are ideally placed to stay in touch with the rest of the superyacht industry. Please get in touch if you are local to us!

Keeping them Safe at Sea

Alba looking dapper in a well-fitted, high quality life jacket

Alba looking dapper in a well-fitted, high quality life jacket

Have a pet on board is a rewarding experience for owners and crew alike, and ensuring they are safe provides peace of mind for both parties.
 
Small things can make a big difference. The most essential being the purchase of a high quality, well fitted life jacket (as modelled by Alba in the above photo) and having researched and tested those on the market, SVS can advise and supply you with the best there is. Equally, a pet first aid kit ensures you have everything you need to hand, if needed. Depending on where you are going, and for how long, SVS can provide you with a personalised pet first aid kit that contains all the essentials for veterinary care at sea. This can range from the most basic essentials to a fully comprehensive kit - talk to us about what you need. 

For certain pets, bigger safety features might be needed, such as the addition of railings, dog-appropriate door sensors and modified swim platforms. For new builds, these features might be incorporated from the start, whereas others may be adapted at refit, or for the sole purpose of having a pet on board. We can advise you on what is needed. Pets are a member of the family, and no less consideration should be given to their safety on board than a child’s! 

We are Famous

SVS has been lucky enough to feature in a number of publications over the past six months, with a few more pieces in the pipeline too. A feature in The Superyacht Owner talked about superyacht pets, and multiple pieces in The Crew Report covered the experiences of captains and crew members that travel with pets on their vessels. Superyacht Business revisted Superyacht Veterinary Service to see what had changed since they last featured us, back when SVS was brand new. Dogs on superyachts were featured in the media, including Lord Laidlaw’s dogs on Channel 4’s Million Pound Mega Yachts, Roman Abramovich’s dog visiting Scotland aboard his superyacht, and Johnny Depp’s apology video for illegally bringing pets into Australia spurring parodies all over the internet. To avoid making such an apology, use a superyacht vet!

Food, Glorious Food

When a pet joins you on a superyacht, it is important that both you and they have everything they need for their trip. There are so many pet products out there, and SVS has been doing the hard work for you, testing all the products a superyacht crew or owner might want for their pets. These products range from high-quality pet foods for the dogs who aren’t treated to chef-cooked meals (…and for those who are, we also supply nutritional advice), to water toys, to sympathetically designed beds, nautical collars and leashes. We understand but the quality and the aesthetic needed for any toys or equipment that is going to be aboard a superyacht and the importance of a wholesome and delicious diet. Our favourite food is a slow roasted free range roasted chicken and sweet potato food. Yum.

On the practical side of things, cleaning products that remove stains and don’t damage high quality furnishings are constantly put to the test, as although accidents are uncommon, it is important to know you have the right products to deal with them. Pet shampoos, towels and grooming products (trust us, the furminator is a dog hair-reducing dream) are put through strict quality control tests by the superyacht dogs here at SVS HQ – meaning that we don’t recommend or supply anything that hasn’t first received our seal of approval. Knowing you have the right products makes keep the yacht clean a far easier and faster task. Ask us all about it. 

Twitter time

We added to our social media profile, and as well as Instagram we are now on twitter, so please follow us for pet travel updates, the best superyacht dog photos and the latest news from SVS. You can do it right now @superyachtvet!