Veterinarian’s Top Tips for a Safe, Festive Holiday Season with Pets

By Dr. Whitney Miller, DVM, MBA, DACVPM

(NAPSI)—Pet parents across the country are getting ready to spread holiday cheer with their favorite furry family members. Whether you’re snuggling up by the fire with your cat, throwing snowballs for your dog, or decking out your small pet’s habitat with seasonal decorations, these must-have tips will help you spend every season with your pet. Can make the moment happy:

Find value throughout the season: Petco’s My Makings The collection has everything pets and pet parents need to make the season easy, affordable and special. Stock up on gifts under $10 including Tennis ball jewelry, Cake Pop inspired treatsPre-filled socks for dogs And Catsand over 40 toys under $7 such as Cat teasers And Plush toys. gave Vital Care Membership Program It’s a gift that keeps on giving with year-round savings on regular checkups and daily essentials for cats, dogs and small animals.

See Winter Cold: A good rule of thumb is that if it’s cold enough that you need a coat outside, your pet may need an extra layer, too. Charming, comfortable Knitted sweater And Red and green plaid jackets Create wonderful holiday accessories that will keep your furry friend warm too. Petco’s lifestyle and fashion brand, Reddy, offers stylish, functional winter gear. Bomber jackets, Puffer coat And Beans. For cold morning walks, pet parents can use Sherpa lined hand warmer strap attachment which provides protection from the elements. If your pet is walking on frozen ground or salty sidewalks, protect their paws. shoes To prevent irritation or pain.

Make memories together: The holidays are often filled with loved ones and social gatherings. Help your pets prepare for all the festivities with a special holiday treat. Package ready Gingerbread-inspired bandanas, sugar cookie spritzes and more. On Dec. 2, pet parents can bring pets to participating Petco pet care centers nationally for free photos with Santa. They may also consider making a donation. Petko love At checkout to help pets in need.

Brush up on manners: Create a positive schedule Dog training Sessions to help ensure children are confident heading into the holiday season. If this is your dog’s first vacation season, try a group puppy, beginner or basics class. If your dog struggles mildly. Separation or social Anxiety, a personalized one-on-one session can help address triggers and develop strategies to make experiences more comfortable for your pet.

Put their healthy paws forward: The holidays are a great time to check in with you. Veterinarian And confirm pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and routine maintenance. During this time of gathering and increased travel, it is important to follow best practices such as regular hand washing to prevent the spread of disease. Monitor pets for signs of illness and keep them away from other pets if they are sick. Pet parents can also add supplements such as a Calm chewing or Probiotic powder Add to their dog’s diet to combat anxiety or upset stomachs during the holidays. Finally, while humans like to eat cookies for breakfast and candy canes for dessert, pets shouldn’t make up more than 10% of their diet during the holidays and throughout the year. Also, make sure pets avoid common holiday foods like chocolate, turkey skin, bones and onions, as well as poisonous plants like mistletoe, pine needles, holly and poinsettias.

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For additional guides, recommendations, gift-giving inspiration and more to help you and your pet have the best holiday season, visit petco.com/holiday or Petco pet care centers nationwide.

Dr. Miller Petco, The Health + Wellness Co. Chief Veterinarian and member of the Petco Pet Wellness Council. He earned his DVM and MBA degrees from Colorado State University and has been board certified in Preventive Medicine since 2018.

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