Vets in Surrey expect the usual busy holiday period. It’s a fact that not all pets cope well with the holidays or disruption to their routine. So let’s look at what you can do to avoid a trip to vets in Sutton, Surrey, who have to deal with the holiday casualties.
Dogs: Don’t change their diet
When there’s special food around and your dog is a member of the family, of course you want them to have a treat too. But you need to be very careful. Turkey bones can splinter and cause internal injuries, and roast joints like beef or lamb are much too rich. Actually, dogs are very much creatures of habit when it comes to food, and their gut bacteria cope well with foods that they are used to having.
So for a treat, why not give them a special walk – they will love it and you’ll have a far calmer dog when family and guests come round. You should also remember to keep chocolate away from dogs, and make sure that items such as calendars with chocolates in them are not within reach.
Cats: Keep them calm
We all know that cats like their space. A house that is suddenly noisy and crowded can be stressful for your cat. The cat loses its usual sleeping space and doesn’t know where it is safe. In addition, crackers may be stressful; and while you’re busy entertaining, what are the younger visitors doing to the cat?
Small furries: Not toys
Visiting relatives who don’t have small pets may think that creatures such as hamsters, mice, or guinea pigs can provide amusement for everyone if they are let out of their cages. As an owner, however, you will know how easily some of these little creatures become stressed. You may want to put their cages in a place where they can’t be accessed by visitors.
If you have a rabbit in small hutch, a great present would be an outdoor or even indoor rabbit run.
Vets in Surrey, such as those from Anne Nelson Vets, are always on standby over holiday periods to care for pets who become unwell. Our pets sometimes have a habit of needing emergency care just at the point when we are really busy–but try to keep your pets safe and healthy during the holidays, by thinking in advance about what’s best for their welfare.
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How Should You Care for Your Pet During the Holidays? Care.com
Pet Care, RSPCA.org.uk