The festive season is definitely upon us, but along with the merriness, food and drinks galore and gift-giving, as pet owners we need to be mindful and extra vigilant about our furry friends and the best ways to keep them healthy, happy and safe.

Our Quick Tips list below will hopefully help you have a wonderful, stress-free silly season.

1. Are you up to date?

Now is a good time for your pets’ annual health check and for you to make sure any vaccinations are up to date. Going on holiday? Many kennels and catteries will not take in your pet if they are not up to date with their vaccinations – so don’t get caught out!

Appointments fill up quickly this time of year, so give us a call to make an appointment or check the vaccination status of your pet.

One of our regulars, Indie and his friend Bear.

2. Stock up sooner rather than later

Many suppliers are closed over the holiday period, so we advise organising the essentials such as food and prescriptions well ahead of time as some items may go out of stock. We will always try our best to meet your needs, however we politely ask for 48 hours notice for orders and prescriptions at this busy time.

3. Avoid that emergency trip to the vet

Christmas time comes with a plethora of extra goodies for humans – many of which are harmful or poisonous to our pets. Christmas cake, mince pies, Christmas pudding, ham and chocolate are all a no-go. Although human food is a delicious treat, we recommend only giving our animals pet treats to avoid any nasty surprises. Dogs and cats digest and metabolise food differently to humans, so what might be perfectly fine for us can be poisonous to them.

Also, think twice about where you store your food, making sure it is far away from any easy to reach places. Gifts under the tree, food left on tables and in rubbish bags are common places where pets will often steal foods that can make them sick. No-one wants to spend Christmas Day at the vets – or receive a vet bill as a extra Christmas surprise either!

Remember, if you think your pet has eaten something dangerous, you should call the clinic immediately.

4. Christmas Hours

During Christmas and the New Year period, all of our four clinics will be OPEN DURING USUAL BUSINESS HOURS. They will be closed on Public Holidays – being Christmas Day, Boxing Day, January 1 and January 2.

However, we are ON-CALL 24/7 during this period. So for emergencies, please call us on 0800 838 7267. We are also happy to see visiting holiday makers if they are in need of a vet.

From all the team here at Tauranga, Te Puna, Katikati and Papamoa Village Vets, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. We hope you have a wonderful time with all your friends and family. Thank-you also, for all your support throughout the year. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2020!