The silly season has begun!

What a year! We hope all our patients and their owners are gearing up for some festive fun as well as such much earned rest. We thought this would be the perfect time to remind owners of some holiday safety tips as well as some housekeeping reminders. 

Christmas Decorations

If you are using a natural Christmas tree, remember to tidy up stray needles around the tree daily to avoid your pets ingesting these. Make sure your tree is well anchored to also avoid any accidents! Mistletoe and Holly can cause our pets to suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea when eaten, perhaps opt for artificial plants that can be reused each year!  

Christmas Foods

As you all are aware, chocolate is a big no-no for our pets, but also be careful with the left overs. Fatty foods such as left-over meats can cause upset stomachs that can be severe enough that hospitalisation is required. If you want to treat your pet perhaps consider putting some healthy foods inside a Kong or making some chicken stock ice blocks for those hot summer days.  

New Year’s Fireworks

Fireworks can be a scary time for our pets and unfortunately, we hear of a lot of pets going missing in the days after NYE. If your pet is fearful of fireworks, try and get them inside and in a safe room a few hours before. Ensure they have some tasty treats/ puzzles to distract them or consider using a calming aid such as Feliway for cats or Adaptil for dogs. With a consultation with our Vets, we may also be able to prescribe medication to help minimise anxiety.  

House Keeping

Just a friendly reminder to all our clients to make sure that you are all stocked up on any medications or prescription foods leading into the silly season. We do request at least 24 hours’ notice for refills but suggest during this busy time, letting us know as soon as possible when you are running low. While we endeavour to have plenty of supplies in the clinic, our delivery days will vary due to the public holidays and our vets will be very busy in the days before and after the holidays. Just give us a call and our fantastic nurses will be able to help you organise any medication refills or secure you more food.