We know your pet means everything to you. So we take care of the little pal with all the love it deserves. Our highly experienced and educated veterinary doctors and staff are experts in full-service veterinary services and are dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of your pet. Yes, this also extends to the holidays!

We know that this time of the year can get a little hectic, and it’s important to make sure that the stress and madness of the holidays don’t adversely affect your pet. We have some tips to help your pet remain relaxed and calm during this exciting time of the year. If you would like a one-on-one consultation with our team, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Make sure that you get them tired! Just like with humans, pets experience physical and emotional benefits from exercise. Escape the family visitors and take a walk, give your pet a food puzzle, or engage in a good old-fashioned game of tug of war with your pet’s favorite rope toy. Bonus: Exercising and playing with your pet will grow your bond and help to mitigate your holiday stress, too.

Don’t deviate too far from their routine. It may be difficult, but try to stick to your pet’s typical routine, even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Take walks, feed meals, and give medications at the usual times. Find time to give your pet some individual attention and TLC, too. Let her know that, even if you’re busy and preoccupied, she’s still your best furry pal.

Make sure your pets have space in the house that is just for them. We’ll call it their “safe space.” Before the extended family and friends arrive, provide your pet with a place all her own, where visitors can’t disturb her. Find a quiet bedroom or walk-in closet and put a few of her favorite things there:

  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Calming music
  • A pheromone diffuser (or spray pheromones on her bed there)

Be sure to call us to make sure your pet has everything they medically need for the holidays and be sure to relax and have a wonderful holiday season! Happy Holidays from all of us at Prairie Animal Hospital!