Even as we all look forward to a well deserved break at the end of the year we have tips from True Vets on how to make this festive season even more enjoyable for our pets.
› Although some pets love meeting strangers, most prefer the company they know. Make sure to give your pets a break from ‘a full house’ with quiet days in-between the festivities.
› More time at home means more time for ‘walkies’, but don’t overdo it. Dogs that are not used to going for a walk every day can end up stiff and sore if they are suddenly required to go on a daily 5k run.
› Beach outings are a favourite this time of year. If you have a canine companion, choose a dog-friendly beach, and take them along … but do comply with the rules, to ensure it is enjoyable for everyone.
› We tend to up the snacks … for ourselves and our pets this time of year, which is not good for either! Be mindful of what you are feeding your pets over the holidays, else your New Year’s resolutions might have to be expanded to include a diet plan for your pooch too!
› Many holiday foods are toxic to pets. Keep all ‘human food’ out of reach, and don’t give your pets treats they’re not used to.
› Have an emergency plan. If your pet is injured or poisoned, it’s important to have a plan in place. Find out which local vet clinics are available for emergency calls. Know the signs of poisoning and what to do if your pet ingests something toxic.
› Enjoy this special time with your four-legged friends. Give them extra-long cuddles. They deserve it. They have been there for us throughout the year, with all its ups and downs, never judging, always supportive.