DR JAC­QUES VISSER

Food & Home - - Pets’ Pozzie -

In all your hol­i­day-plan­ning ex­cite­ment, don’t for­get to en­sure that your pre­cious pet’s needs are taken care of. We asked Dr Jac­ques Visser, ve­teri­nary sur­geon at Oak­lands Vet in Joburg (oak­landsvet.co.za), to share his top three tips for pet care over the fes­tive sea­son

If your pet is not join­ing you on hol­i­day, book them into a rep­utable ken­nel and make sure their vac­ci­na­tions (in­clud­ing ken­nel cough), and tick and flea treat­ments are up to date. Do vac­ci­na­tions one month prior to your de­par­ture to avoid the De­cem­ber rush at your lo­cal vet. If your pet is stay­ing at home with a pet sit­ter, make sure that you trust this per­son and they have all the rel­e­vant emer­gency con­tact num­bers. Whether you are go­ing away on hol­i­day or not, keep in mind that De­cem­ber is a very hot month, so, avoid ex­er­cis­ing your dog in the heat of the day – we see a lot of heat­stroke cases and dogs with burnt foot­pads come into the vet be­cause of this.

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