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Holiday Pet Advice

The holidays are upon us and pets and service animals can be affected by the chaos that goes along with it. Between cooking, decorating, traveling, and hosting guests there are a lot of ways dogs and puppies can get themselves into trouble while their owners are preoccupied. So here are some tips on how to keep your service animal safe during the holidays.

The most common reason a dog or puppy might get into trouble is boredom. Running around doing errands, cleaning, packing and entertaining may reduce your time with your pet.  They can get into things they are not supposed to. For example, you go out and return to find something eaten or chewed up. It can be hard to remember to “dog proof” your house before you leave. And dogs will eat pretty much anything. From food, medications, shoes, leashes, toys, and towels to underwear, furniture and garbage.

If you don’t have time to clean every room before you leave, close the doors to rooms and block them off. Give them a fun toy or treat to keep them busy. (Bribery works great!) And be sure to get them exercise on a regular basis. Try a game of hide-and-seek. It’s mentally stimulating for them and seems to be a lot of fun for them.

Vomiting and diarrhea are common too. Extra guests around may want to share treats with the dogs. Be sure to let your houseguests know this rule. Remember it may be something they do with their own dog, but it can wreak havoc with a dog who is not used to it.

Then there are just plain accidents. With many visiting pets around it isn’t unusual for a fight to break out with a wound as a result. Or perhaps a door or gate gets left open and your animal gets out. Put reminder notes up on doors and gates to help guests know what they need to keep closed. People who do not have pets may not be in the habit of closing doors immediately behind them. And have a “quiet area” set aside for overly stressed pets. A place they can chill out if need be.

Our pets and service animals bring us a lot of joy as well as provide invaluable service to us. Let’s all have an enjoyable holiday, even our four legged friends!

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