Winter Holiday Tips for Your Pet
Learn the do's and don'ts of snowy celebrations with the animals.
With the winter season upon us, we're purchasing gifts left and right while cooking up feasts and bundling up to stay warm. But just what are the household animals up to this holiday season?
We've come up with a list of ways to include--or not include--your pet in the festivities. Follow these tips and everyone will stay safe and happy around the yuletide season.
Stocking Stuffers Ideas for Pets
Over half of pet guardians give their beloved companions holiday presents. We figured most of our clients would be on this list of pet gift-givers, so we came up with some ideas for stocking stuffers that are fun, healthy, and safe:
Cold Weather Woes
Arthritic flare-ups tend to worsen in the colder months, so joint health is especially important to address during this time of year. As listed in our arthritis newsletter, supplements with fish oils, magnesium, glucosamine and chondroitin can lubricate joints, thereby decreasing pain and inflammation.
Booties offer warmth and protection in the winter to prevent frostbite or cuts and scrapes on ice. While it doesn't often drop below freezing in the Seattle area, barefooted animals will still feel more of a chill than snow-booted humans. Unlike people, however, dogs and cats are capable of shunting their blood to protect vital mid-body organs in extreme weather conditions.
If your pet is wary to plunge into the cool air, try bundling him or her with extra layers. Place the dog bed in front of the fireplace or add a heating pad to the cat's favorite spot. Offer slightly warmed treats to increase food aroma and inner body warmth.
Pet Holiday Safety
Just like Fourth of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving, winter celebrations can pose a safety hazard to curious canines and kitties. Be sure to keep these ideas in mind during the holidays:
We wish all of our clients and patients a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Wonderful Festivus!