Giving Thanks for Our Pets

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the good things in our lives.  One of the best things in our lives is our pets. 

During the holidays it is important to spend plenty of time with your animal companions.  Our lives tend to get exceptionally busy during the holiday season and our pets sense this. 

The weather gets colder and they may not enjoy as much time outdoors. Family functions are planned and the pets may endure large gatherings of people in their own home, or be put in the care of a pet sitter or kennel while the family travels.  Some pets even travel with their family.

Regardless of your plans for the holidays it can be stressful for your pets.  There are a number of things you can do to ease this stress.

1.  Maintain a consistent schedule.  Be sure that kennels and pet sitters do the same.

2.  Spend quality time with your pets.  If it is too cold outside, play some games or practice obedience in the house.  Make it fun!

3.  Do not substitute food for attention.  Feeding our pets too many treats or food outside of their normal diet will only make them sick and increase their stress.  Do NOT give animals leftovers or bones from meals! 

4.  Plan ahead!  If you are traveling make sure your pets have a place to go and will be properly cared for.  If they are joining you, be sure they will be welcome where you are going.  Bring their own food, kennel, and toys to make them more comfortable.  Check with your veterinarian about any travel documents such as a rabies certificate or health certificate that you may need.

The holidays are a wonderful time to give thanks for the love we receive from our pets.  Show them your gratitude by keeping them safe and happy throughout the season.