Talking about December holidays now feels about as premature as Christmas decorations being put up in shops at the end of October! However, we all have the same intention: To kick the customer/consumer into action ahead of the last minute rush.
Some preparation is requiredto get your pets ready for the festive season whether they stay home, go to kennels or travel along with you. In all instances ageneral health check andreview of their annual vaccinationsis necessary – including the vaccines particularly requested by the kennels.
If you are travelling to KZN with your pets, up to date Rabies vaccinations are compulsory and you must take the relevant vaccination certificates along with you.
A general check-up is not just a health check before vaccination, it also gives your vet opportunity to prescribe “cracker” or “travel meds”. Anxiolytic drugs are all Schedule 5 substances, which means that by law, they cannot be prescribed unless the pet has had a proper clinical exam in the last 6 months.
Difficult and restless pet passengers will usually travel better in crates or carriers.Cats travelling in carriers can be made used to the carrier by putting catnip and a comfortable blanket inside, and placing it with the door open in an area the cat frequents. There are also calming sprays available to spray inside carriers and crates for both dogs and cats.
All pets should bewearing some form of identification at all timesduring the festive season. The use of properly fitting collars with name tags can be used, and/or the pets should be microchipped for more permanent identification. It is also a good idea to ensure microchips are working and that the details registered for the chips are all still correctbefore the festive season begins. This will ensure you are only a phone call away!
All our coastal areas are tick and flea infested, and effective products should be used to ensure no foreign travellers accompany your pets home.
Last but not least, ensure you have some supportive treatments for diarrhoea's and gastro’s like probiotic powders or pastes, and electrolyte solutions. You also MUST ensure that you have stocked up sufficiently on any chronic medication your pets may be taking as veterinarians cannot dispense prescription drugs to non-patients.
Make sure the house/pet-sitter has Fluffy’s vet's number and that the vet knows you are away. If you and Fluffy are going away, ensure you have the contact details of a vet in the area you are visiting in case of emergency.
If you are staying home this festive season, ENJOY the quiet neighbourhood, shops and streets, and make more time for walks and play with your furry friend.
This versatile toy can be used for parrots and also for small fluffies. You will need to vary the thickness, number and length of the paper strips according to the bird or fluffy the toy is for.
You will need:
Newspaper cut into long strips
Small cable ties
Twist some strips together to make thicker ropes – incorporate treats randomly as you twist the paper so they are hidden and must be chewed out.
Braid 3 of the twisted “ropes” together.
Curl the braid into a circle and cable tie the ends tightly together – make sure body parts cannot get stuck in the cable ties.
Use the ring as a simple hanging foraging toy for your fluffy or bird, make a chain of these rings to swing from and chew, or even a suspended bridge for your feathered friend to play on.
Cardboard mouse toy
This super cheap, super easy and super fun toy is a great mini project for the kids!
For some additional fun, add a small bell or attach it to string and use it as a teaser toy. You can even sprinkle some catnip into the corrugated board!