Your pets and the holidays

Kennels

To kennel or not to kennel… and where?

Taking your pet to the kennels can be very stressful to you and your pet. However, what is the alternative?

Many of you might not know it, but there is an alternative! Get a home sitter to look after your pets – no stressful change of environment, no travel for your pet and most importantly a continuation of routine for your pets.

Home sitters can look after dogs, cats, fish, birds or reptiles. They can walk the dogs, play with the cats and you can enjoy your December getaway secure in the knowledge that your animals are safe and comfortable.


Vervoer van jou troeteldier

Kar of vliegtuig ….? Hoe gemaak met naarheid?

Of jy nou ‘n hond of ‘n kat het, die kans is goed dat jou troeteldier nie baie lief is daarvoor om vervoer te word nie. Soveel te meer as dit vir ‘n lang, warm Desembervakansie is!

Die twee grootste probleme wat troeteldiereienaars ondervind is karsiekte (“motion sickness”) wat lei tot naarheid; en algemene angstigheid. Die goeie nuus is: beide hierdie probleme kan opgelos word met die regte medikasie! Bring jou troeteldier voordat julle vertrek en ons sal dit gou-gou uitsorteer.

‘n Ander belangrike vraag is: kar of vliegtuig? Baie mense is huiwerig om ‘n troeteldier met ‘n vliegtuig te laat vlieg, maar dit is meestal die beter opsie, veral as julle Kaap of Durban toe gaan vir die vakansie. ‘n Een of twee ure vlug is baie minder stresvol as ‘n ses of twaalf ure rit in ‘n voertuig!


Vaccinations… a shot of love

Travelling without the proper vaccinations can be disastrous

Most people are aware of the fact that when a pet goes to a kennel for the holidays, all vaccinations (including kennel cough) must be up to date and valid. PLEASE don’t wait until 2 days before departure when getting vaccinations done. Some vaccinations require a 3 or 4 week booster before it will be accepted by a kennel. So, the sooner the better!

Many people are however not aware that when you are travelling with a pet within the borders of South Africa, the law requires your pet to be vaccinated against rabies. If you are stopped while driving and you don’t have proof of a valid rabies vaccination, the consequences can be dire. The threat of rabies in South Africa is very real and though it is easily preventable by vaccination, it is 100% fatal in both animals and humans if left untreated.

These are all very good reasons to vaccinate your pets, but not the only reasons! Remember, it is cat flue (parvo) season. Parvo is a deadly virus that kills thousands of dogs every year. All you have to do is get your pets vaccinated annually.

Vet costs getting you down?