Holiday Tips for You and Your Pets
This is a hectic time of year, isn't it? Our pets are experts at picking up on our emotions, especially stress at the weeks leading up to Christmas. Minimise the impact on you and your pets with the tips in our Christmas newsletter.
STOP! Don't Eat That!
We know it's tempting to share all the joys of Christmas with your cats and dogs. However, there are many foods, plants and other items that are poisonous or harmful to your pets.
Human foods, drinks, medications and supplements are not suitable for animals to consume. Pets can get tempted to play with, or explore the decorations and presents on or under your Christmas Tree and around your house. This could have adverse, or even life threatening results.
Keep your pets safe from harm by downloading, printing out and following our handy guide. Hang it on the fridge, and also share it with your family, friends and visitors to your home. Your pets will thank you for it!
If an emergency does happen, don't hesitate. Call or take your pet immediately to your veterinary clinic or After Hours Vet for help.
Download this handy guide by right clicking on the image and selecting Save As Picture from the dropdown menu. Then save to your computer, and print it out.
Going on Vacation? Vaccinate Your Pet Now
If you are going away, make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date. This is especially important if they are holidaying in a cattery or kennel. Reminder: The Mobile Vet Nurse does not provide a vaccination service. You will need to take your pet to your veterinary clinic for this.
Most catteries and kennels are fully booked over the holidays, as are many in-home pet-care services. If you’ve missed out, then ask a family member, friend or neighbour to look after your pets. If possible, ask them now so there’s no last minute stress if they are unavailable.
Plan well ahead for future holidays too. To ensure you don’t miss out next Christmas, it pays to book your cattery, kennel, or in-home pet-care soon. It’s never too early when it comes to looking after your pets, is it?
CASE STUDY: Providing for Your Pet in Your Will
We recently had a situation where an elderly client hadn't made legal arrangements for what would happen to her cat when she no longer able to take care of it.
However, she had made her wishes known to us. This allowed us to work with her lawyer to make sure that they were honoured, even though this is outside of the services we provide. There were also some complications with the arrangements when a well meaning neighbour challenged what had been decided.
We recommend that you ensure that you have clear instructions in your Will regarding the future of your pets. It is also a good idea to include these instructions in any Enduring Power of Attorney. Please discuss and arrange this with your lawyer, as well as any family members or other persons involved, as we are not qualified to give legal advice.
Reminder: Appointment Cancellations
We understand that sometimes you need to cancel your appointment with us. If possible, please let us know as soon as you can. We send reminders out 2 days before your appointment, so when you get it, please contact us if your plans have changed.
If you cancel within the 24 hour period prior to the appointment, you may be charged a $39.50 cancellation fee. Please refer to our Customer Service Agreement Terms and Conditions you agreed to and received in your welcome pack. These are also available on our here.
Christmas and New Year Hours and Appointments
We still have appointments available, so please contact us to book your pet in for one of our services.
We will be closed on the following dates:
- 25 December (Christmas Day)
- 26 December (Boxing Day)
- 30 December through to 7 January
Hours between Christmas and New Year are:
- 27 and 28 December 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- 29 December 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Normal working hours resume from Monday, 8 January 2018.
We look forward to catching up with you in person at your next appointment. If you need to book one of our services now, please call 027 479 5005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you, your family, and your pets a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year!
Chrissy and The Mobile Vet Nurse Team
Chrissy MacPherson, NCVN
Director, The Mobile Vet Nurse Ltd