The team at Ourvets love the holiday season as much as everybody else, but between the fun and frolics, family pets sometimes get overlooked, so here’s some tips to keep them happy and healthy over the holidays
While we are filling up on holiday goodies, we all want to give our furry friends a treat too, but keep an eye on what and how much you are giving.
Roast meats (e.g. ham and turkey) are often very fatty and can cause acute illnesses for our pets.
Avoid fatty parts or skin and only give very small amounts of meat. Cooked bones are a big no-no for pets.
They might love these, but the bones can cause major blockages in pets’ guts.
The sharp edges of chewed bones can even pierce through the gut and be life-threatening.
Check in with the whole family and ensure they are aware of what they should and shouldn’t feed the family pet.
Both cats and dogs can quite easily suffer from heatstroke due to their limited ability to cool themselves down (they can’t sweat like us!).
Make sure to always have plenty of water available for your pets (some pets love ice cubes!); avoid taking dogs for walks or runs in the heat of the day (they can burn their feet on the pavement too!).
Never leave pets in cars, even for a short time, or if the car is in the shade – cars can be deadly for pets in summer.
Many people are aware of how toxic chocolate is to dogs, but many are not aware of how deadly lilies can be for cats.
If your cat gets any lily pollen on their coat, be sure to wash it off immediately with lots of water.
Be aware of chocolate around the home – on low tables, under the tree or in children’s stockings (that your dog might cheekily sneak into!).
Many of the above things can be avoided, and Ourvets wants you and your precious pets to have a safe and healthy holiday season.
If you are worried about your pet at all, don’t hesitate to give the team a call.
For more on Ourvets, as well as other great tips for your pet, check out the Ourvets website.