Only 40 more sleeps until Christmas!  Yikes.  If you are going on holiday and your pet will be going into a Boarding facility now is the time to check their vaccinations.

Boarding facilities will not (and should not) accept pets that do not have up to date vaccinations.  Remember this policy is not just to protect your pet, but other pets as well.

Most boarding facilities require cats to have a minimum of an F3 vaccination. This vaccine protects your cat from Feline Herpes Virus, Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Parvovirus) and Feline Calicivirus.

Dogs require a C5 vaccination, protecting your canine friend from Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus as well as two components of canine cough; Canine Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica.

If by chance your pet is overdue for vaccinations (which often and easily happens) you need to get this in order quickly.  If you can’t recall the last vaccination, give your vet a call who will have the records and will be able to give you advice.  It may also be worth having an all round check up for your pet before you go – just so you know all is in order.

Also, check what requirements your boarding facility has.  If they don’t have any – reconsider this option!

If you’re wondering what all the vaccinations are about and why they are important you can find out more here .

Finally, don’t forget your pet insurance to help with the vet fees if your pet gets ill or is injured.  There is a 1 month waiting period for illness cover, so don’t delay.

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Liz has a passion for all things cat and dog, and was one of the first in Australia to bring Pet Insurance to the market. She has headed up Petsecure for the past 12 years, and is committed to promoting and supporting the amazing work done by rescue groups around Australia, and those who work to promote a better life for all animals.