A PET IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS | All Care Veterinary Hospital Killarney




A pet is not just for Christmas.It is estimated that more than one-in-five puppies or kittens given as Christmas presents will ultimately be handed into shelters as unsuitable.

If you are thinking about buying a pet for Christmas, ask yourself a few questions before making this big decision.

Am I ready for a commitment?

Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment. The average dog lives for 13 years. The average lifespan for a cat is 15 years but they can live into their twenties.

Do I have the time?

Be honest, do you have the time to devote to looking after a pet? They are similar to babies in the time and energy they demand. They can not be left alone for hours. They need to be house trained and they also need play time, including socialisation with other animals.

Am I financially ready?

Really consider whether you have enough disposable income to pay for a pet’s needs. Vaccinations, spaying, neutering , food, toys , cattery or unexpected vet appointments and surgeries aren’t easy on the wallet.

Will my lifestyle still accommodate a dog or cat in five to fifteen years?

Think about the future. Do you own your home, or do you rent?Does your tenancy agreement allow you to keep pets? Are you planning to move away in the next couple of years? Make sure to take all those factors into consideration before getting a cat or dog.

Is Christmas really a good time to get a new pet?

Christmas is always a very hectic time of the year with relatives and friends arriving. Unusual noise, activities and extra demands upon the household can make it difficult for any pet to settle into their new homes.

Dogs Trust have initiated a Paws For Thought Campaign this Christmas.

Paws because last year, 12,549 dogs entered Irish pounds.

Paws because 1,522 of them were needlessly destroyed.

Paws because Dogs Trust had a 58% spike in surrender requests after Christmas last year.

Paws because a dog is for LIFE, not just for Christmas®.

Please… Pause.

And think twice before getting a dog this Christmas . A pet is not just for Christmas


What about puppy farms?

The ISPCA is asking the public not to purchase a puppy and help put an end to the puppy demand. By deciding to adopt after the festive season, you will reduce the risk of becoming the latest victim of this cruel trade. Buying a sick puppy is a heartbreaking experience for any family to endure, especially at Christmas.

Owning a pet is a lot like having a child. It takes a lot of work and patience and you still can’t escape a few surprises along the way.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are thinking about getting a new pet

Our vets and nurses are here to answer all your questions to help you make the right decision.

We will be discussing this topic on talk about with Deirdre Walsh on Radio Kerry on Thursday 30December at 2pm

Here are  some tips of do’s and don’ts to keep your pets safe and well over christmas.

DON’T feed your pet left overs from your Christmas meal. Poultry bones can get stuck or cause perforations, and rich food can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

DON’T feed your pets christmas cake or mince pies as rasins (and grapes) are toxic. Some dogs can eat quite a few grapes or rasins without any obvious side effects, others can eat just a few and suffer fatal kidney failure.

DON’T feed your pet chocolate, it’s another potential toxin. (For more information see our winter poisons post.)

DON’T leave pets unattended around your Christmas tree. Pets love playing and chewing with bright shiny objects, including fairy light wires. Electrocution or gastro-intestinal blockages could occur.

DO ensure that your pets have someone quiet they can take themselves off to, if you are expecting lots of guests.

DO ensure your pets are microchipped so they can be identified. They may get cold in winter weather or scared by Christmas festivities and seek shelter in unlikley places. Don’t leave your pets unattended outside- they can be quickly stolen leading up to christmas time and sold on. keep them safe and well and in your sight

DO wrap up short haired dogs, (and those that are young or old), with dog jackets, if you are out walking in very cold weather.

DO wash your dog’s feet if they have been walking on gritted pavements. The salt can be very irritant to their paws.

DON’T allow pets near frozen ponds or canals. However often people are warned of the dangers, nearly every year fatalities (both animal and human) occur.

DON’T GIVE PETS AS PRESENTS! A dog is for life, not just for Christmas. <3 <3












Danny O’Sullivan M.V.B. M.R. C.V.S.

Danny has been working as a vet since 1983 and is proud to say that he still loves his job, which comes with his love of animals and his enjoyment in meeting his patients owners many of whom have become firm friends over the years. He enjoys communicating with people and is a strong animal welfare advocate which he has been promoting in his role as “Danny the Vet on Radio Kerry” over the years educating the public on responsible pet ownership. Danny also attends veterinary courses to update his knowledge in this rapidly evolving field and the practice is a registered training hospital for trainee nurses and vets.


Lindsey Edwards M.V.B

Lindsey joined the practice in 2012 having worked in mixed large and small practices in the counties of Cork and Kerry since she graduated from U.C.D. in 2007. She has been interested in pain management and care of long term conditions such as arthritis since she began her career. Lindsey is also a Certified Veterinary Chiropractor and has a keen interest in football and greyhounds.


Niamh Delaney

Niamh joined us in November 2012. She studied Veterinary Nursing in Bicton College of Agriculture in Devon. She worked in Small Animal Clinics in Dublin for 9 years. Previous to this Niamh Volunteered at the Blue Cross Clinic in Dublin. When not in work her two dogs “Gertie” and “Lillie” keep her busy!


Femke Bot

Irish Veterinary Nurse of the year 2014 (Irish Veterinary Nurses Association). Femke has been working with us since 2005 and loves dealing with the clients and their pets, many of whom nominated her for her I.V.N.A award for her caring and compassionate care shown toward their pets. Her studies began in 2001 when she studied Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing in Cork and then continued her studies in the U.K. qualifying in 2004. She worked for a year in a large well equipped practice in Stoke-on-Trent in the U.K. and returned home with two new furry additions to the family.