We’ve already covered holiday hazards for pets when it comes to decorations and holiday treats, but there are more things to consider when it comes to the season’s parties and celebrations and your furry friends.
You may wonder, is it a good idea to give a pet as a gift this holiday season? The timing and circumstances of choosing a pet should be carefully considered, by the potential pet owner themselves. Traveling frequently for work or a possible pet owner’s financial situation may make pet ownership a poor idea. Likewise, lack of space for a pet to happily exist (no yard for a large, active dog), and any specific pet allergies of the recipient should be considered. If you know that the recipient of the pet would be a perfect fit, perhaps it may be a good idea, but it is still recommended to discuss the idea with them so that it does not come as a surprise. If, after much planning and consideration, you do decide to give a pet as a gift, there are many wonderful dogs and cats in shelters just waiting for a loving forever home!
With the season’s parties and get-togethers, there are things to be aware of to ensure that your pets remain safe and healthy. Alcohol and drugs, even marijuana, are very dangerous to pets and can produce alarming side effects that require a trip to the emergency vet. Keep these items out of reach of your pets at all times! If your home environment is usually quiet, with familiar people present, your pet may adversely react to a house full of strangers, loud music, and noise. If you have an anxious pet, placing them in a room away from the action, with TV or radio on to drown out other noises, can help provide some comfort. Fireworks from holiday celebrations are also a major source of anxiety for many pets.
Medications prescribed by your veterinarian to help alleviate stress and anxiety can be very helpful -- contact us if you think your pet may benefit from these, or if you need a refill of an existing medication. Some such medications are controlled substances and require physical exams every 6 months to be able to refill, so plan accordingly!
If you plan to board or travel with your pet during the holidays, leaving yourself plenty of time to obtain necessary vaccinations and veterinary documents is recommended. Some airlines require a veterinary health certificate and accompanying physical exam for your pet within 10 days of travel. If you have questions about how to prepare your pet for staying home, boarding, or traveling with you this holiday season, or making your holiday parties more pet-friendly, give us a call. Happy Holidays!