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Going Away This Christmas? Boarding Your Pets? This One Is For You!

Going Away This Christmas? Boarding Your Pets? This One Is For You!

When you’re preparing to go away at Christmas, time gets away and it’s easy to forget important things. If you’re leaving your pet in the care of a cattery, kennel or pet sitter a checklist of things to organise can make all the difference. So we’ve prepared one for you!

Pet File

A place for all your pets necessary details such as health and the local vet are in the one place and easy to find. Here are some examples of important information:

  • Local vet details and the after hours/emergency vet number
  • Up-to-date vaccination certificate (most places won’t accept a booking without this)
  • Microchip number (make sure your details on the microchip are up-to-date)
  • Medications and dosages
  • Clear, up-to-date photo of pet
  • Safe dog walking areas and parks
  • Pets fears or other behavioural traits (ie. Not good with other dogs)
  • Food and supply details

Food and Supplies

Make sure you have enough food for your pets, and some extra in case your return is delayed (including cat litter!). Show your sitter where your pet supplies are kept, and give them any specific instructions they need on things such as:

  • Food (meals, allergies, treats)
  • Water bowl locations (make sure all are in shaded areas)
  • Toys, brushes, shampoos and spare towels
  • Poo bags, leads, litter and litter trays etc.
  • Clean and fresh bedding


If you are not up to date with your pet’s vaccinations, be mindful that boarding facilities usually require your pet to have had their vaccinations updated 2 weeks prior to their stay.

Call us on 55224566 if you are unsure when your pet’s vaccinations are due or if you would like to book an appointment.

Additional Information

Don’t forget to provide an emergency contact, such as a neighbour, family or friend just in case your sitter is unable to get hold of you.

And make sure you tell your local vet who will be looking after your pets while you’re away and whether or not you give them (in conjunction with your vet) the authority to make decisions in the event they are unable to contact you in an emergency.


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