The holiday season is a busy time of year with travel, family and good food. During this time, many of us hustle about in a disrupted routine. Although the holiday season is exhilarating, it can also be a time of intense stress. Our pets can experience the same emotions as well. Many of our best friends will be boarded or visiting unfamiliar residences. Consequently, their stress and anxiety can lead to episodes of diarrhea and refusing to eat. This may lead to blood loss, dehydration and hospitalization. If you are boarding your pet, choose a facility where your pet has the adequate space and proper activities that suit your pet. Remember, some pets do not enjoy interacting with others. Knowing your pet’s personality, behavior and temperament will help you select the least stressful form of care while you are away. This also helps limit the unwanted side effects associated with the interruption of your pet’s normal routine.
While we humans often overindulge in the magnificent food during the holidays, remember your pet is not a person and refrain from allowing your pets to do the same. All too often the veterinary hospitals and emergency clinics across the nation are full of our best friends suffering with severe gastroenteritis or pancreatitis. RESIST sharing that turkey and dressing, cookie or cake when those big, begging eyes are staring up at you. Instead, offer a couple kibbles of their usual food.
Christmas trees and gifts can present their own dangers. The ingestion of tinsel, ornaments, chocolates, etc. can cause intestinal blockages and severe reactions. Be sure to secure your tree as many curious kitties enjoy climbing up until it is knocked over. Finally, be sure to provide a safe place in your home for your pet to retreat to, should fireworks or holiday party guests spook them. You may also want to speak with us about a mild tranquilizer or anti-anxiety medication to help relax your pet during this time as well.