The Ultimate Christmas Checklist

With the silly season almost upon us once more, CanadaVet has created the ultimate list (and checked it twice) to ensure you and your pet are prepared this Christmas.

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Have you got enough food?

If you purchase your pet food online, be sure to check the cutoff dates as advised by your supplier for your area to ensure you will receive your order in time for Christmas.

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Is your pet going in to boarding?

Reputable boarding facilities will require your pet to be up to date with their vaccinations before they are allowed to stay. You will need to provide proof your pet has been vaccinated either before, or upon your arrival. Vaccinations can take some time to become fully effective, so make sure you book your pet in for their booster early enough. Most boarding facilities recommend that your pet is vaccinated at least 10-20 days before they are scheduled to arrive. But you should check the exact requirements with your boarding facility when you book.

Your pet may also need to be treated for worms, and have a flea and tick preventative applied. Your boarding facility should inform you about what your pet will require before they are allowed to stay.

If your pet isn't a big fan of being away from you, giving them a new toy when they arrive at the boarding facility might help to distract them when it is time for your to leave.

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Are you travelling with your pet?

By car - make sure you pack your pets favourite toys to keep them entertained, ensure you include a well-stocked first aid kit, any medication your pet may require, and you should select a suitable car harness or carrier to ensure your pet is safe and secure.

By plane - you should confirm any requirements with your airline which may include providing vaccination records, using airline approved carriers and restrictions on what can be placed in the carrier with your pet.

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Are you staying at home?

If all of the family is coming to your place this Christmas, your pets will be happy to have you around, but might not be so keen on all of the new smells and noises that come with having a packed house. To keep your dog entertained, why not try keeping them busy with a slow feeder bowl or a treat-dispensing ball?

Caring for pets in winter can require some preparation. Read our article on preparing your pet for winter here.

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Is your pets microchip and ID tag up to date?

In the chaos of Christmas, it is easy for a pet to slip out an open gate behind an unwitting visitor or set out to explore a new neighbourhood through an unsecure fence. Before you set up that spare room or pack the car for your holiday, check your pets microchip details and their ID tag (if they wear one) are up to date so your furry friend can be reunited with you quickly.

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Did you remember to get your pet a present?

This Christmas it is estimated that pet parents in the United States will spend almost $8 billion dollars on presents for their pets. Treats and toys are the most popular items on Fido and Fluffy's wish lists. Other great ideas for gifts include bowls, matching collars and leashes.