As the holiday season is upon us, now is the perfect time to remember to stay on top of your pets’ health, safety, and overall well-being. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement (and stress) of all of the fast-paced events surrounding the holidays, from shopping, to parties, to traveling. But, that’s why it’s important to take a step back to make sure that your pets aren’t getting lost in the chaos of the season. So, let’s take a look at a few important things to keep in mind to help your pets enjoy each and every day by your side:
- Pet Proof Your Home – Pet-proofing your home is always necessary, but especially during this time of year when you’re bringing new items and decorations into your home. So, make sure that everything is properly sealed and safely secured far out of reach from your pets. This includes any household cleaning products, candles, medications, ornaments, twinkle lights, etc. Any item that could be deemed hazardous to your pet that they could easily get into just isn’t worth the risk and is best simply removed from your home.
- Collars & ID Chips – As you welcome new people into your home throughout the holiday season, it’s important to make sure that your pet has proper identification on them in the event that they accidentally escape. This includes microchips or having them wear collars with current ID tags with all of your updated contact information.
- Diet – Just as you and the rest of your family enjoy a high-quality diet to keep you healthy and strong, so should your pet. So, make sure that they get the best high quality diet that you can afford. This includes ensuring that they receive all of the necessary nutrients, and don’t forget about hydration.
- Environment – No matter what else may be going on in life or around your home this holiday season, it’s important for pet owners to be able to provide a consistent and comforting environment for their pets. This might include setting up a designated area in your home that your pet can call their own with a dog bed, a cat condo, etc.
- Physical Activity & Hygiene – It’s important to keep up a consistent exercise and grooming routine for your pet (and, don’t forget about their dental hygiene), especially during the busiest time of year like around the holidays. Keep them active with daily exercise and activity to keep all of that pent-up energy at bay. This includes setting aside time for training as well as play.
- Plan for Away Time – If you plan to go away on vacation, and your pet isn’t invited, then make sure that you have a care plan in place for them while you’re gone. Before you book a pet hotel or a pet sitter, be sure to do your research to ensure that your pet will be in trustworthy hands. Then, take the time to carefully write down or arrange your pets care plans so that they stay happy and healthy while you’re away.
- Use Caution in Public Places – If you plan to take your pet out to enjoy some of the holiday festivities and fresh air, be sure that they’re kept safe on a leash, harness, or in a pet stroller, and remain by your side. This will help to avoid potentially dangerous interactions with both strangers and strange pets, as well as injury.
- Vet Visits – Even though things can get a bit hectic this time of year, it’s important to stick to your regularly scheduled veterinary visits to stay on top of your pets’ health. Remember, prevention is the best medicine! And, it’s also a good time to remember to spay and neuter your pets, especially those new ones you may be bringing home for a sweet holiday surprise.
Keep your pets happy and healthy throughout the holiday season and all year long with these basic care tips. And, most of all, don’t forget to give them lots and lots of love!