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6 Ways to Pamper Your Pet Over the Holidays

December 12th, 2016 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Ginger cat lies on woman's hands. The fluffy pet comfortably settled to sleep or to play.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, your furry friend may feel a little stressed. Here are six tips to help your pet relax and be more comfortable.

1. Dedicate 10 to 15 minutes a day to your furry friend.

To help your pet relax, give your dog or cat a little more attention this season. If you can dedicate just 10 to 15 minutes per day to your pet for one-on-one attention, you can really help lower your pet’s stress – as well as your own!

2. Stay alert for unusual behavior.

In the days after Thanksgiving and Christmas, our veterinarians often see pets that are really sick. If you don’t think your dog or cat is doing well or you’re just noticing some unusual behavior, call us. Get your pet checked sooner, rather than later.

Being proactive can really help you reduce your pet’s discomfort. Not to mention, by catching things early, you may be able to avoid big veterinary expenses.

3. Plan ahead if you’re hosting guests or parties.

Hosting holiday guests or a party? Social activities can be a big source of stress for some dogs and cats. You may notice your pet isn’t eating, is having urinary issues (cats) or is having gastrointestinal issues (dogs).

Two dogs wait anxiously for guests to arrive for a Christmas party.

The good news is there are things you can do in advance. If you know your pet has a tendency to get stressed:

  • Ask our veterinarians about a gastrointestinal-friendly or a urinary-friendly diet. We can get your pet started a few weeks before your event. We’ll likely keep your pet on it through the holidays.
  • Give your pet Composure Dog Chews or Cat Chews. These bite-sized chews contain vitamin B and have a calming effect on pets. (It’s best to start several days before stressful events.)
  • Get a ThunderShirt for your dog. The soft, constant pressure gives dogs the calming sensation of being swaddled.

4. Be on the lookout for holiday hazards in your home.

From glitter and tinsel, to turkey bones and high-fat foods, there are many temptations for our pets at this time of year. To keep your pet safe and sound, check out our tips on how to keep pets safe during the holidays.

Happy cat bats a Christmas ornament -- a potential holiday hazard.

5. Give your pet a little personal care before company arrives.

If you know you’re going to have guests, there are several things you can to do help your pet feel better and create an enjoyable experience for your guests:

  • Get your pet’s teeth cleaned for better breath and a healthier smile.
  • Have dog’s or cat’s nails trimmed to ensure guests don’t get scratched.
  • Get your dog bathed and have his or her anal glands expressed (if needed). You’ll impress your guests with your pup’s soft, clean coat. And your pooch will feel more comfortable with a matt-free coat.

Small cute funny dog laying at carpet on Christmas tree background

6. Give your dog or cat the gift of good health.

Looking for creative gift ideas to pamper your furry friend? Here are a few!

Buy special treats that contain ingredients to improve your pet’s health. For example:

  • CET makes dog and cat treats that contain antibacterial solutions. Your dog or cat will enjoy a little nom, nom, nom, while you’ll know you’re making a positive impact on dental health.
  • iVet makes great treats for dogs and cats on restrictive diets.

(We carry these treats in our Castle Rock veterinary clinic.)

If you have a family member who wants to give a gift, suggest a veterinary gift certificate. This dedicated cash can be used for a variety of things, from annual exams, to dental cleanings, to laser treatments that can help delay the need for chronic medications.

Cheers to happy and healthy pets!

 Other tips to help your pet feel better over the holidays

Check out these great tips from Vet Street: 5 ways to reduce your pet’s holiday stress.  

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Cherished Companions Animal Clinic is a veterinary clinic in Castle Rock, Colorado. Specializing in the care of cats and dogs, our goal is to help you and your pet feel more comfortable, keeping your stress to a minimum.

This article is intended to provide general guidance on how to pamper and lower your pet’s stress over the holidays. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact your local veterinarian. (If you live in or around Castle Rock, we welcome your call.)

© 2016, Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

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