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It is important to remember how each individual pet might respond to the change of routine over the holidays and consider their individual personalities and behavioural needs at this busy time of year

by Paul Rose
03 December 2021, at 9:00am

 

Christmas is a time for many to celebrate the seasonal festivities with friends and family plus good food and gifts, and beloved family pets are included in many of the Christmas traditions of the households that they live in. It is important to remember how each individual pet might respond to the change of routine over Christmas and consider their individual personalities and behavioural needs at this busy time of year. How will they respond to the change to their routine and the disruption caused by unfamiliar arrivals to their home? The other key concern about Christmas and pets revolves around food-based treats. Human food might seem like the perfect festive reward for your favourite animal friend but there can be unexpected or dangerous consequences if animals overindulge on the wrong types of food.

There’s no Scrooge-like “Bah humbug” behind the content of this article. Nor should it take the fun out of the festive season. It aims to give veterinary professionals a gentle reminder of things pet owners may need to be aware of to help make arrangements relaxed and stress-free for their pets over Christmas and New Year.Read more…