The holidays are a busy time of year, so it’s easy for our furry friends to feel out of sorts or get into trouble. Here are some ways to make the holidays fun, safe and special for everyone.
Try to maintain your routine. Animals are creatures of habit, and disruption to their routine can cause all sorts of issues. Spend a little extra time with your pets when you can so they don’t feel forgotten amidst all the holiday hustle and bustle. After all, they’re part of your family, too!
Get outside for an extra walk – it’ll do you both good, and walking helps relieve stress.
Establish a safe retreat for your pet during extra busy holiday events. Lots of activity and new people coming in and out of the house can cause pets to become stressed, nervous or anxious. A safe room where pets can rest away from the activity and temptations of “people food” can help keep everyone happier and healthier.
Make certain your pets’ tags and contact information are up to date. Holiday activities provide a lot of opportunities for pets to escape from your home, so be certain your pet is wearing their collar with tags at all times. If they are not micro-chipped, consider making an appointment to have it done. Remember to watch the door.
Keep pet friendly treats at hand. People food is a huge temptation for companion animals – be sure to block access to cookies, candies and other people treats. If you can’t resist their pleading eyes (we know, it’s hard to say no), it’s OK give your pet a small treat. Just remember, “people foods” should be avoided they can cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea or worse. Many people foods are even toxic to animals. Limit table scraps, and make sure your guests know not to share their food with your pets.
Be prepared for an emergency. Keep your vet’s number and the animal poison control center posted on the refrigerator or where you can easily find it. If an emergency arises, you’ll be glad you did.