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Safety First for Pets During the Holidays

Safety First for Pets During the Holidays

We know our blog readers are superstars when it comes to best practices for safety for themselves and their families, but don’t forget to watch out for those wonderful animal companions we share our homes and lives with. Now that the holiday season is in full swing, here are some simple things you can do to ensure your pets stay safe.

The ASPCA website reminds us to:

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University asks us to think a bit about pet psychology as we move through the holidays:

“'Holidays can be stressful to pets,'” says Dr. Meghan Herron, Clinical Assistant Professor. 'There are changes in an owner’s schedule, you often have more visitors, and there are new things like Christmas trees with lights.'

Dr. Herron suggests trying to maintain a consistent routine including feeding and exercise schedules. Pets, especially dogs, can get 'cooped up' during the winter, so it is important to make sure they get plenty of exercise and enrichment.

Some animals are not comfortable with strangers, so if you plan to have visitors, provide a 'safe haven' for your pets. This can be a room where pets can retreat to and enjoy toys and food enrichment. When pets are in this area, try to avoid disturbing them. If your pets get very anxious or aggressive around visitors, it may be best to board them. This will help avoid unneeded stress for you and your pets."

Whether yours are furry or feathered, young or old, be sure to give your pet’s safety a little extra attention during the hectic holidays.

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