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How to Celebrate with Your Pets This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time to spend with loved ones – especially those with fur. While you might be out shopping or traveling this holiday season, it is essential to give your pets plenty of attention during this busy time of year.

Here are three tips on how to make sure your pet gets to celebrate, too.

1. Pet-Friendly Treats

Most human treats are not safe for pets to eat.

Instead of giving table scraps, try a pet-friendly recipe. Fresh pumpkin is a healthy treat for dogs, or you can bake dog treats with peanut butter. Just remember to read recipes carefully and NEVER include any ingredients with chocolate or the sugar substitute xylitol. For other foods to avoid, please read our blog post on pet holiday safety tips.

2. Pet-Friendly Gifts

Include pets in your family’s holiday by giving them gifts, too. Interactive toys and scratching posts are great gifts for cats that also help them avoid couch-potato syndrome, aka weight gain! Squeaky toys, balls, and toys that require “work” to find the treat are fun and stimulating gifts for dogs.

However, just because something is sold as a treat for pets does not make it safe. The FDA warns against bone treats since certain types have caused major illnesses in dogs. For other safe pet gift ideas, check out petMD’s gift recommendations.

3. Make Time to Walk and Play with Your Pets

During this busy season, it is important to spend quality time with your pet. Before you start your family’s celebrations and guests arrive, take your dog for a nice long walk. Don’t forget to play with your cat and even try out their new toy together for extra stimulation.

We understand pets are part of your family, so incorporate them into your family’s holiday traditions. But if your dog or cat is startled or overwhelmed by houseguests or unfamiliar activity, provide them with a safe place to relax on their own.

Including your pets in the festivities can make the holidays that much more memorable. And think of the great photo opportunities! Share your holiday family pet photos on our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing pictures of your pets enjoying the holidays, too.

All the best to you and yours from all of us at VSEC.

If your pet needs emergency care, please remember we are open 24 hours/365 days a year, including every holiday.

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