As you prepare your home for guests, keep in mind that along with the excitement of greeting company your fur babies can also experience some stress. Here are some hints to help with smoother holiday visits.
- After greeting your guests, give your pet the opportunity to retreat to a quiet place. Their own kennel can function as a private “bedroom” that guests, especially small children, should respect as a place of solitude, leaving them alone. Even if the kennel door is open.
- If your pet’s retreat is a quiet room, allow them to remain there until they are comfortable venturing out.
- It is OK for your pet to enjoy several small treats of turkey, gravy and stuffing. Just make sure that your guests aren’t also giving your pet “just a little bite”. Those “little bites” quickly add up to make an upset stomach which can result in vomiting, diarrhea or a combination of both.
- If your pet does get too many goodies and you do see mild vomiting and/or diarrhea, withholding food for 12-24 hours frequently allows the tummy to heal. Reintroduce food slowly with small meals. If symptoms are severe or persist more than 24 hours then it is time to visit the veterinarian for other treatment options.
Hard to believe that we are at the end of 2016 and 2017 is just around the corner. We thank all of you for allowing us the opportunity to partner with you in the care of your furry, feathered and reptile family members this past year. We look forward to the adventures the New Year will bring.
Dr. Verwers and the staff at Ridglea West Animal Hospital wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years.
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