PETS AND HOLIDAYS
HMake sure visitors understand and keep in place your normal safety measures regarding pets, e.g. keeping gates closed so the dogs can’t wander into the road.
Do not leave kittens or puppies with small children. Children can hurt them and break fragile bones.
Make sure that kittens and puppies do not chew on electrical cords for fairy lights.
Make sure that small toys do not get swallowed by puppies.
Make sure that your dog does not have access to your, or your neighbour’s, rubbish bags. The decaying food may smell good to the pet but result in severe gastroenteritis and or pancreatitis.
If you have a braai be aware that bones given to dogs can result in blockages.
Be aware of wooden kebab sticks – they can be swallowed whole!
If your pet is frightened by fireworks take precautions.
Amid holiday chaos, remember to make sure that your pet’s water bowl is kept full – it’s a hot time of year.
Make sure you have enough pet food to tide over the holidays. Stick to your flea control regimen. Don’t take your pet shopping and leave it in the car. When the shops are busy, you can’t guarantee how long you’ll be and a hot car is the same as a hot oven to a pet or small child.
Don’t accept a pet as a gift unless you are committed to a lifetime of care and are properly prepared (correct food, bowls, bedding, kennel, collar, and leash).
Don’t give a pet as a gift unless you are 100 per cent sure the recipient is prepared for and wants it – for a lifetime.
If you are going away and leaving pets at home
Make sure your house sitter has your phone number in case of emergency.
Make sure you leave more than enough food and any medication your pet is taking.
Make sure that your pet is microchipped or has a collar tag.
If you are leaving pets at SAWS for safety
Make kennel reservations WELL IN ADVANCE. The kennels get very busy over holidays.
Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and take the vaccination certificate along.
Leave an emergency contact number where either a relative or a friend can be found or where you can located throughout your holiday.
Let the kennel know who your usual veterinarian is. Let him/her know when you’ll be away.
Make sure your pet has been treated for fleas and ticks.
So that the experience is less traumatic for your pet, take along his own food, bedding and some toys.
If your pet is on medication, take enough to last through his stay at the kennel.
If your pet is travelling with you
Have your veterinarian examine your pet within two weeks of travel.
Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are upto-date.
Bring vaccine and health records with you. (Pets can’t cross the border without a “passport”.)
Put an ID tag on your pet’s collar and carry a current photo of it.
Bring more than sufficient of your pet’s food. Bring bowls for food and water. Bring bottles of water for times when your pet is thirsty and water is not available. Bring leashes, toys and bedding. Make sure your pet has been treated for fleas and ticks.
If your pet is on medication bring enough to last throughout the trip.
Bring a carrier for your pet to travel in safely.
Bring bags to clear up dog poop. Happy holidays to you and your pets!