Taking Care of Your Pets During the Holiday Hustle and Bustle
November begins weeks of many wonderful fall and winter holidays. There will be lots of travel, incredibly delicious foods, family gatherings, and shopping. As much joy and pleasure these holidays bring to us, it can also bring a lot of stress and pressure to our pets. Here are 4 suggestions that pet owners need to consider during these next two months.
Introducing New Friends
Holidays are about getting together and sharing time with friends and family, pets included. Pets are usually comfortable with being introduced to new people, but if you are hosting a party, your pet can become overwhelmed with the crowd. When feasible, introduce your pet to new friends or family members one by one and not in a large crowd. This will allow your pet to feel less stressed and remember the person’s individual smell. Securing your pet in a room that they feel comfortable and safe in is also a good option during the party time.
If you are introducing your pet to someone else’s pet, take things slow. Take both pets to a neutral place outside the home so they can slowly get acquainted. Let them sniff and play with one another outside before bringing them back to the party, otherwise the pet of the house may act dominantly toward the guest pet.
Be Careful of Escape Routes
Make sure your pets do not accidentally escape from the house or yard. This happens a lot more during the holidays. Keep doors and gates locked at all times. You can also microchip your pet in case they do escape. Pets who are microchipped can be easily identified and returned to their home more quickly than pets who are not microchipped.
Don’t Share Too Much Human Food
We all know that sharing is caring, but when it comes to sharing human foods with our pets, that rule is null and void. Sure, dogs and cats can have a little nibble of some things, but holiday foods are usually cooked with too much seasoning or contain ingredients that are hard for pets to digest or even potentially dangerous for them. Request that your guests not share their portions with your pet and keep an eye on the foods that they have access to (like snacks on low tables or an open trash bin).
Most pet owners know this, but our pets are very sensitive to our emotions. They can pick up on our vibes and be influenced by how we feel. If you are getting stressed out and feeling pressured during the holidays, take some time for you and your pet. Sit down and cuddle, play with your pet’s favorite toys, or go outside for a brisk or extended walk. Taking the time to spend with your pets will help relieve the momentary stress that you and your pet are feeling.
We hope you and your furry friends enjoy this holiday season. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital (301) 983-8400.