This winter is bound to look much different than years past, due to all that’s going on in the world. At Loveland Veterinary Clinic, we hope that you’re still looking forward to winter and the holiday season, and all that it can offer. If you have a pet, it’s important to make sure they’re ready for winter as well, and as we covered in last year’s post, we want to reiterate how important it is to plan for your pet as you’re planning for yourself during this time of year!
Food and Drink
Winter is a time when people make their favorite foods and create their favorite drinks. You might be someone who loves to make soup on a cold winter’s day, or perhaps you put together a fantastic slow cooker recipe for spiced cider. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to be aware of what your pet is eating during this time of year, and to keep an eye on their diet as you change yours a little bit.
As you’re making holiday meals or baking cookies for the entire family, your pet will likely be right there in the kitchen with you, watching your every move. You may have a dog that loves to steal scraps when no one is looking, or the kids might let the cat lick the spoon while they’re making holiday cookies. Certain foods can be harmful to pets, and it’s important to make sure your dog or cat isn’t ingesting something it shouldn’t. Stick to their normal diet or dry or wet food, and make sure they always have plenty of fresh, clean water to drink.
You might not be planning on having any big holiday gatherings this year due to health restrictions and travel logistics. However, if you are going to have any friends or family over to your house, make sure they know you have a pet and ask them their comfort level with animals. You may have a friend who had a negative encounter with an aggressive dog when they were younger, and they’re always nervous around dogs, no matter how friendly they are. You might have an aunt or uncle who is allergic to cats, and it could be a bad idea for them to visit you this winter.
You’ll also want to take your pet’s comfort level into account when planning your holiday festivities. New people can make an animal nervous, and a pet can express their nervous behavior by barking, becoming aggressive, or finding a good hiding spot and refusing to come out. If you’re unsure whether inviting new people over will be a good idea because of how your pet might react, it’s okay to forego or postpone your gathering until some other time.
Your Travel Plans
If you are going to be traveling this winter, then your pet’s care should be near the top of your list. Your dog or cat might be going with you on a road trip, and if that’s the case, you’ll want to be sure you bring plenty of food and water for them. If your pet is going to stay home, then make sure another member of the household is going to take care of them, or you can hire a pet sitter to stay at your house or to come by every day to feed your animal, play with them, and even take them for a walk.
Schedule a Vet Visit
With all that’s been going on this year, you might have forgotten about scheduling your pet’s annual vet visit. With the end of the year approaching, now can be the perfect time to schedule an appointment with our veterinary clinic. Our team can help you find a time that works for you and your pet. Before you arrive, please take a few minutes to review our COVID-19 client protocol guidelines. If you have any questions about these guidelines, or any of the services we offer, please feel free to contact us right away.