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Is your pet holiday ready?

Although December is the Season to be jolly, it can also be very stressful if you do not plan properly. So we decided to help you by making a check-list .

Microchip:

It is that time of the year again…

The season of thunderstorms, holidays away from home, fun family visits and New Year’s parties are coming closer. All of these can cause some serious stress in our furry friends which can result in your pets trying to escape from your yard and getting lost in the street. If your pet is microchipped it is as easy as 1, 2, 3 to reunite you with your pet.

A microchip is an information carrying device about the size of a grain of rice. This device gets injected under your pet’s skin. It is a quick injection to give you peace of mind.

 

Calming medication:

Come and talk to us today if we can help you with calming medication for your pet. There are a few natural over the counter medications available. We advise trying the product in advance to see if it has the desired effect on your pet.

Please note that if your pet requires scheduled medication, a veterinarian will need to do a full clinical on your pet first to ensure the safety of your pet. It is illegal for a veterinarian to dispense scheduled medication to an animal that has not been assessed in the last 6 months.

Please come and get your pet’s calming meds well in advance to avoid the end of the year rush.

 

Vaccinations:

Do you know that your pet not only needs a series of vaccinations when they are young but they also need yearly boosters to keep their immunity strong against many diseases?

Especially this time of year, we warn pet owners about the feared Parvo Virus, also known as Katgriep. We have seen many cases lately and want to urge all pet owners to check their pets’ vaccination status. As the saying goes, rather be safe than sorry.

 

Tick and flea treatment:

With the warmer weather and the rainy season we unfortunately have to deal with the creepy crawlies that feast on you and your pet’s blood. Let us help you choose the perfect product to protect your pets against them. Remember that you need to treat them monthly to keep your house protected.

 

Deworming:

If you have not dewormed your pet in the last 3-4 months with a veterinary product, then it is definitely time again. Let us help you choose the best product for your pet.


Pet food:

Stock up on your pet’s food before you leave for your holiday or leave your pet in someone else’s care. Take enough food with you to make sure that you do not run out.

For your convenience, please note that you can phone us in advance to order your pet’s food to ensure that we have stock of your pet’s specific diet.

 

Keep your pets safe:

During the festive season criminal activity is very high. A determined burglar will do anything to silence your pet. Every year we deal with a large number of poisoned animals. Sadly not all of them survive. If at all possible, let your pets sleep inside or keep them confined. If you are going away let someone stay in your house or let them check on your pets daily.

 

Chronic medication:

If your pet is on chronic medication, according to the Medicine and Substance Control Act, dispensing may only be done by a veterinarian or a veterinary nurse. As it is the silly season, we ask that you phone at least a few hours in advance to give us enough time to prepare your order.

PLEASE NOTE: by law, a pet must be examined every 6 months if on regular long-term medication. No medication will be dispensed if the pet was not seen for his/her 6 months’ check-up.

 

Emergency veterinary care:

If you go away on holiday, make sure that you know where the nearest Veterinary Clinic is and save their number on your phone.  Please note that we will be available throughout the entire festive season to assist you with basic procedures during the day or emergencies after hours. We now also offer 24 hour night monitoring. Feel free to save our emergency number onto your phone 082 551 1966.

 


Most importantly we hope that you enjoy this festive season with your loved ones and the furry family.

 

Contact Us

Tel 012 653 4474/2 and After hours 082 5511 966 Fax 012 653 4353

Address: 1 Caper avenue, Eldoraigne x 3, Centurion

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