The holidays are a time to spend with your family, including four-legged family members, but they are always hectic. Including your pet in the festivities can make the season more special and enjoyable, so our Ambleside Animal Hospital team is helping with tips on how you can celebrate the holidays with your pet.
Your family holiday photograph wouldn’t be complete without your pet. Tips to get the best picture include:
Everyone likes having a gift to unwrap on Christmas morning, including your pet, so don’t leave them out, and find them a special pet gift, such as:
Decadent food is integral to any holiday celebration, but several common seasonal ingredients are dangerous for pets. Search for pet-friendly treat recipes so your pet can also enjoy a special feast. Food items to avoid include:
The weather may be a little cool, but your pet still needs exercise. Many pets love frolicking in the snow, and the extra activity is good for them. Let your pet explore and sniff to their heart’s content and be mentally and physically stimulated. If you live in an especially chilly area, consider investing in pet booties to protect their feet from icy conditions. The footwear also helps prevent de-icer crystals, which can be toxic to pets, from accumulating on their paws.
Pets are extremely curious creatures, and placing a large tree in your living room is sure to catch your pet’s attention. Ensure you safely secure the Christmas tree in a sturdy tree stand and anchor the tree to the ceiling or an adjacent wall. Include your pet in the tree decorating fun, but ensure the ornaments and decorations are pet friendly—breakable ornaments, small objects that can be swallowed, and tinsel are dangerous to pets. If your pet refuses to leave the decorations alone, consider leaving the last few tree branches bare to prevent temptation.
Your pet may have everything they need, but not all pets are so lucky. Many pet rescues and shelters rely on monetary donations and gifts, such as food, litter, beds, and cleaning supplies, to help them provide the necessities for pets in their care. Contact your local pet shelter to see how you can help.
What your pet really wants for the holidays is extra time with you. Cuddle up on the couch with your four-legged friend and watch your favorite holiday movie. Your pet may not care much about the movie plot, but they will enjoy the quality snuggle time.
Including your pet in your holiday celebrations helps make the season special. However, should your pet have a holiday season mishap, contact our Ambleside Animal Hospitalteam, so we can ensure they get the care they need.
p>According to the National Cancer Institute, every year, approximately 6 million new cancer diagnoses are made in dogs and a similar number in cats. With such a large population of pets being diagnosed with cancer, pet owners should be aware of cancer’s warning signs. Learn how to spot potential cancer in your dog or cat, and the cancer types most likely to affect them.
While numerous cancers affect dogs, the following are some of the most common:
While cancer is diagnosed less frequently in cats than dogs, largely because fewer cats visit the veterinarian, millions of cats are still affected each year. Some of the most common cancer types in cats include:
Since so many forms of cancer can affect pets and zero in on a particular body system, determining whether your pet’s signs indicate cancer can be difficult. However, call our team if you notice that your pet has any of the following cancer warning signs:
The sooner their cancer is diagnosed, the better your pet’s prognosis, so schedule an appointment with our Ambleside Animal Hospital team whenever you suspect your pet is showing cancer signs.
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