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Posted on 10-21-2011

How to Make the Holidays Safe for Your Pets

At Eagle Animal Hospital here in Chester Springs, we are pleased to be your local Downingtown and Exton area veterinarian. With the holiday season approaching so quickly, we decided to focus today's blog entry on keeping your cherished pets safe during all the merriment!

Chester Springs veterinarian offers holiday safety tipsIn our veterinary practice at Eagle Animal Hospital, it is fairly common to see pet patients who have eaten something that they shouldn't have. We understand that it can be tough to guard against this, but during the holidays you might need to take a bit of extra caution. You might be having guests over and food and beverages could be inadvertently left within easy reach of pets. Don't forget to give your guests a reminder to put beverages and plates of food on higher surfaces like counters, for example. During the Halloween holiday, you will want to make sure that any special treats or candy are kept far out of pet's reach - especially chocolate, which can make your pet quite ill.

Veterinarian Offers Tips for Keeping Pets Calm

The holidays can be full of noise and excitement, and this can cause distressed, and even panicked, pets. If you know that your home will be noisy, or if you will have a lot of people who are not normally there visiting, help your pet deal with this slowly. Introduce your pets to all new visitors individually rather than all at once. If your pet shows signs of nervousness, consider making a quiet and comfortable area elsewhere in the home for the pet to rest for as long as the house has extra people in it.

Your pet will always let you know his state of mind via body language, so when you see distress, move to alleviate it quickly! We always welcome our Chester Springs, Downingtown, and Exton patients and will be happy to help you and your pet through the holidays however we can!

What are your main concerns about pet safety and the holidays? Leave them here so we can discuss it!


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