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Holidays With Senior Pets
December 1, 2023

Is your furry friend in their golden years? Fido and Fluffy have a special way of becoming even more adorable than ever as they get older. Pets go through many of the same changes as we do: they get slower and weaker, and they become increasingly vulnerable to illness and injury. You’ll also want to make some changes to your four-legged pal’s care regime. That’s definitely something to keep in mind as you prepare for the holidays. A local Frederick, MD vet offers some insight into keeping an older pet happy, healthy, and safe in this article.

Decorate Carefully

Older pets tend to be less prone to mischief than their younger pals, but it’s still best to take some precautions. Keep anything that could be dangerous out of paws’ reach. That includes things like small or sharp objects, ropy or stringy objects, candles, and many seasonal plants, such as holly, ivy, lilies, and poinsettias. If you have a fireplace, put a thick grate in front of it.

Choose Age-Specific Gifts

Comfort is definitely king when it comes to both caring for and shopping for dogs and cats in their golden years. Soft beds are always a great gift for Fido and Fluffy. Your furry friend may also enjoy some treats, or perhaps supplements. Things like dental treats, paw balm, and pet ramps also make good gifts. Dogs with thin fur may also appreciate a comfy sweater or jacket, while a kitty may want some furniture that’s low to the ground and easy to get in and out of. Wellness plans can also be a good choice.

Don’t Go Crazy With Treats

Many of our four-legged patients will be getting some extra snacks at this time of year. You can definitely offer Fido and Fluffy something special! Just be careful to stick with safe foods. Senior pets often have quite sensitive stomachs. Anything rich or fatty can possibly cause digestive issues. Ask your vet for more information.

Be Cautious Of Stress

Pets in their senior years are often very much creatures of habits. They can get quite distressed by changes or disruptions to their schedules or environments. Travel and boarding can also be stressful for older animals. Pay some extra attention to Fido and Fluffy, and just make sure that they feel loved and safe. Savor these special moments!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Village Vet Urbana, your local Frederick, MD animal clinic! Please contact us with any questions about your pet’s health or care.