Vet Festive Season

Need a vet over the holidays?

Vet Festive Season

Need a vet over the holidays?

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The festive season is a time for family, get-togethers and fun. But it is also a stressful time for pet parents. Family often feed pets all sorts of treats that can upset their tummies or play games with toys your pets are not familiar with. This, along with friends bringing presents that have all sorts of ‘pet-unfriendly’ trimmings into the house can cause pets to get themselves into trouble or to get sick. Here are a few tips for keeping your pets safe and on what to do if you need a vet over the holiday season.

Avoid needing help in the first place

If you live in a small town or in a remote area then you know how difficult it can be to get to a vet in the early hours of the morning, never mind over the holidays. For this reason, put in place rules that will avoid an emergency during the festive time.

No feeding pets from the table

Letting family feed your pets anything they want as much as they want is not a good idea. Stick to feeding time and to feeding pets their usual meal. If family insist on feeding your pets, make sure that you have healthy treats that your pets are used to eating available. Bake for example dog friendly Christmas cookies and leave them on the kitchen counter.

No leaving doors and gates open or things lying around

Tell family and friends that your pets are important to you. In other words, make sure everyone knows which gates, doors or windows must be closed and show them which items may not be left on the ground or on a table the pet can reach. In the case of a cat, make sure everyone knows that the cat’s area is a no-go zone. Taking this precaution could avoid an unnecessary trip to the vet, or your furkid from getting out.

No taking the pet out without a leash

If family and friends want to go for a walk and take the dog with them, make sure they know that the dog must be leashed at all times. However, remember that family and friends might love your animals too. Be kind and let your furkids enjoy some family time. After all, not all play leads to a trip to the vet.

If you need a vet over the holiday season

Even if you have put in place every precaution, pets get sick and accidents happen. If you need a vet over the holiday season, here are a few tips for getting there quickly.

  1. Make sure you know what number to call. If you live in an area that does not have a 24-hour veterinary centre, ask your vet who you must call if they are not available. Save the number on your phone and write the number on a notebook where anyone at home can find it. 
  2. Ask your vet for a backup number in case the emergency or alternate number is out of reach. 
  3. If your pet has an existing medical condition, talk to your vet before the holiday season. In other words, let them know that you may need their help. If you prepare your vet beforehand they will be better equipped for your call.   
  4. Make sure you know where the emergency veterinary clinic is. Enter for example the GPS coordinates in your GPS or Maps and save the location as a favourite.

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