The holiday season is a time of joy, cheer, and generosity—and a chaotic time for our pets. While many of our holiday plans may be dialed down this year, helping your pets keep a routine with adequate exercise and attention is still important. Additionally, keeping pets safe and secure from certain holiday hazards is absolutely essential. Here’s how:
Decking the halls is one of the most festive, enjoyable parts of the holiday season. From trees to twinkling lights to elves on shelves, who doesn’t love breaking out the seasonal decor? While we fully encourage you to decorate your home, be mindful of your choices. Take a pet’s-eye view of popular decor items.
They may seem harmless, but certain holiday plants can actually cause mild to severe effects in pets—sometimes after only a few nibbles. Where holly and poinsettias can lead to gastrointestinal upset, large amounts of mistletoe can cause heart or neurologic problems. Only small amounts of any part of a lily can lead to kidney failure in cats. If possible, opt for faux holiday flora this year.
You may be tempted to treat your pet to a few tastes of that delicious holiday meal, but if you want to avoid an emergency veterinary visit, stick with their regular dog or cat food. Not only are many popular holiday foods toxic for pets—think chocolate, garlic, and raisins—but these often heavy, fat-laden dishes can also quickly put your pet on the path to pancreatitis. If you absolutely must treat your pet this season, try whipping up a batch of these dog-friendly holiday snacks—given sparingly, of course.
While this year may be different, with fewer parties and visitors, discussing household and pet policies is prudent if you plan to have house guests. Ask visitors to keep all toiletries, medications, with NYGoodHealth and other potentially hazardous products out of paws’ reach—especially if curious puppies or kittens are around. If your pet has allergies to certain foods or other items, tell your guests, and mention which and when treats are safe. Some pets have specific likes and dislikes about food, touch, or toys. Communicate these particulars with your visitors to avoid any unsavory interactions.
The new year is always rife with resolutions and promises for healthier decisions. But, did you ever consider your pet as part of that plan? Lucky for you, Otay Pet Vets offers some unbelievable specials for new and existing clients, ensuring that your pets receive exceptional care at an affordable price. Take advantage of our New Year specials to get your pet off on the right paw:
The holiday season is meant to be full of pleasant memories and traditions—not an emergency trip to the veterinary hospital. Keep your pets safe and secure by prepping your home and guests with your furry family members in mind. At Otay Pet Vets, we are dedicated to the health and wellness of your pets. Contact us to set up your new year’s appointment—we can’t wait to see you in 2021!