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Preparing your pet for the holidays

Preparing your pet for the holidays

The year is rapidly drawing to a close and many of us are eagerly awaiting our summer holidays. There are so many things to finalise and we’d like to draw your attention to a few pet-related matters at this time of the year.

Holiday arrangements

Remember to make arrangements for your pet whilst you are on holiday. There are several options ranging from kennels to house sitters or family members that can care for your pets. Make sure you pet has been introduced to the person that is looking after them before the time. Ensure that your pet carer is aware of any nutritional and medical needs and knows what medication your pet needs.

Ensure that you stock up on food and medication before you go on holiday. Your pet’s tick and flea prevention needs to be up to date as well.


Your pet’s vaccinations need to be up to date for the kennels as well as if you travel locally or internationally with your pet. Dogs need an additional vaccination for kennel cough at least two weeks before they go into kennels. We get quite busy in the summer season and would advise that you book an appointment to update your pet’s vaccinations soon. The kennel will not accept a vaccination done one the morning of kennel admission!


Many pets go missing during the festive season. This can be heartbreaking as a family. A microchip helps the vet practice or welfare organisation to identify your pet and reunite you with your pet quickly. Microchipping is quick (takes less than a minute!) and relatively painless. Your pet will be registered on the database immediately. A microchip is the best gift you can give your pet!

Travelling with your pet

If you are lucky enough to take your pet on holiday with you, make sure the accommodation you are using is pet friendly. Many pets get car-sick or very anxious in the car. Be sure to book an appointment with us to chat about your pet’s needs so that we can dispense the correct medication to make your trip stress-free. Remember to ask for enough medication for the return journey!

Make sure you bring your pet’s bed with you to help them feel secure and relaxed in their new environment. Ensure that they are safe in the holiday accommodation and can’t get out and get lost as they will be disorientated in the new place.

Make sure you have enough water for the journey and stop every 1-2 hours to allow your pet to stretch their legs and relieve themselves. If your dog gets very excited in the car, it sometimes helps to stop about 15-20 minutes after your start travelling to let them get out and have a sniff and then they often settle down quickly.

Let cats get used to the travelling box or crate for a week or two prior to your departure. Put the box in a favourite area of your house and feed them in the box or place their bed in the box. They will then associate the box with feeling safe and secure and the journey will be much smoother.

The stench of cat urine in your car will linger for years…put the cat carrier in an empty litter box to catch any accidents.


Make sure the kennels or your petsitter are aware of emergency phone numbers and which practice to take your pet to if they fall ill or are injured. If you are travelling with your pet, do research before the time so that you know what vets are available at your holiday destination and how to contact them. Make sure you bring their medical history and a list of medication with you to help the “holiday” vet make the right decisions for your pet.

Enjoy the holiday season and we hope that you and your pets get an opportunity to rest and spend valuable time together!

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