The hustle and bustle of the holidays can sometimes be stressful for your pet. Make sure they have a place that they can go to that’s quiet and away from all the excitement.
Be aware of what decorations and holiday plants you put out. Decorations like ribbon and tinsel, or plants like Poinsettia and Holly are very interesting to pets, and they may be tempted to eat them. Make sure these types of items are kept tidy and out of reach as they may cause physical injury.
For your dog, try to keep his exercise routine as regular as possible. This is a good way to help prevent anxiety.
While table scraps are very yummy and tempting to share with your pet, it is best not to do so. Too much people food can cause stomach upset, and in some cases can even be toxic. Discourage your family and guests from sharing their dinner.
Cats are known for finding warm places to sleep, be sure to keep fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters blocked so that pets can’t get too close.
If your pet spends much time outside, make sure they are acclimated to the cold temperatures. Check your pet’s ears, tails and feet for frost bite. Short haired dogs might require a sweater or a jacket. Also, make sure to clean your dog’s feet when coming in from a walk. Salt, snow and ice can be harsh and irritating to the sensitive skin of their paws.
If you are travelling for the holidays, consult your veterinarian to find out what your pet might require.
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