Thanksgiving is coming up fast. It’s always nice to take some time to slow down, relax, and just enjoy some delicious food with your loved ones. Pets are often underfoot during those Turkey Day meals and preparations. However, older pets can sometimes get a bit stressed by all the commotion, and may need some extra TLC. A Pickerington, OH vet discusses Thanksgiving care for older pets in this article.
Are you headed out of town for the holiday? If you’re staying fairly close to home, and you know your pet is welcome, you may want to bring them along. Otherwise, you’ll need to book a pet hotel. We don’t recommend petsitters for senior pets, unless they can stay overnight.
When it comes to caring for older pets, comfort is definitely king. Make sure that your furry buddy has at least one good orthopedic bed. Of course, your animal companion may prefer to nap through the festivities. Put their bed in a quiet back room, along with toys and food, and let them just relax.
Dietary changes can be hard on older pets, and can upset their stomachs. A special treat is fine, but don’t go crazy. You’ll also need to be sure to only offer safe foods. (Note: Fido and Fluffy can have some plain, cooked turkey, without the skin, bones or fat.) Of course, all of our animal friends have their own nutritional needs. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.
Our furry companions tend to feel safest when they’re on a set, steady schedule. A long walk or play session can help your pet work off any uneasiness they feel. Just don’t overexert them!
Before the big day, you’ll want to give your fuzzy buddy a bath, or at least brush them. We also recommend thoroughly dusting and vacuuming, and changing your air filters.
Let your guests know what is and isn’t allowed. For instance, you may need to ask people not to pick up your arthritic cat, as Fluffy may be quite stiff and sore and dislike being handled.
Pets are part of the family, and they’re definitely something to be thankful for. Spend some quality time with your animal friend!
Happy Thanksgiving! Contact us, your Pickerington, OH animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care.