Is your pet going into a boarding kennel or a cattery whilst you are away on holiday? If so, are you sure you’re up to date with their vaccinations? Reputable kennels will insist dogs have an annual injection vaccination, but also a kennel cough vaccination which is given separately, as drops up the nose. The kennel cough vaccination must be given at least a week before the dog goes into kennel, but ideally at least a month beforehand to make sure they have full protection.
Remember that kennel cough isn’t just spread in kennels; your dog can catch it from another dog wherever they meet. So if you are going to the beach, or spending a lot of time in the park, or at shows then they are also at risk. If they encounter a lot of other dogs regularly then an annual kennel cough vaccination would be prudent.
Cats also need an annual injection vaccination to be allowed into kennels. This vaccination which protects against cat flu, enteritis, leukaemia and chlamydia is given each year. Any cat who goes outside should receive this vaccination routinely every year.
Pets who are going abroad under the pet travel scheme must be up to date with their rabies vaccination. Please check your passport to be sure when their booster is due. You need to ensure that they are adequately protected against the parasites they will meet whilst they travelling and also that they are treated on the continent before they return home.
If your pet does not travel well, please speak to us before you take them on holiday, or transport them to the kennels or cattery as there a number of helpful treatments which can make the whole experience more pleasant for both them and you. Car sickness makes them miserable and cleaning up after them makes you unhappy, so please talk to us about what we can do to help.
Fleas are a bigger problem in the summer, although with centrally heated houses they do happen all year round. They are easily prevented using Advantage in cats and Advantix in dogs. These drops should be applied monthly to prevent your pet picking up any pesky biting parasites.
It’s said every year, but please make sure that animals are not left in cars during the summer as they can very quickly heat up like ovens and cause serious overheating and dehydration problems to animals left in there.
A final thought – if you are taking your pet to an unfamiliar location, make sure your microchip database entry has an up to
date mobile number linked with the chip. There’s no point someone who has found your pet telephoning your house, if there’s no one at home!
We hope you and your pets have a happy and healthy summer, with the help of a little forward planning.