Holidays and your Pets

Whether you are celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, or another occasion, the holiday season is a time to spend appreciating family and friends. And this obviously includes our furry family members! While it’s fun to include our dogs and cats in our festivities, it’s also important to remember the chaotic nature of the holidays can affect their health and well-being. As a provider of pet insurance, we see the results of hard-partying pups and kitties, and want to help prevent these unfortunate incidents. Happy pets = happy holidays!

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Tips from Trupanion’s Dr. Kerri Marshall on Keeping Your Pets Safe this Holiday Season


Instruct friends and family on how to properly interact with your pet when they come visit.


Don’t share your holiday meal.


Place your tree behind a decorative gate to prevent accidents.


Store gift wrapping supplies before and after the gifts are wrapped and opened.


Prepare your pet sitters with step-by-step instructions in case of issues or emergencies.


Invest in pet insurance!


See more tips here.

Examples of Holiday Health Issues

Gordon Gordon, a 5-month-old Domestic Mediumhair, ingested some ribbon, which created bunching in his intestines. He needed X-rays, surgery and medication to bring him back to health.

Nell Nell, a three-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, ate peanut oil left over from deep frying a turkey. This landed her in the veterinary hospital where she was treated with fluids and marshmallow root.

Louie Louie, a two-year-old Labrador Retriever, helped himself to the garbage after a large family meal. During emergency surgery, his veterinarian found more than three pounds of garbage in his stomach!

Colby Colby, a 6-year-old Siberian Husky, caught pneumonia. After an emergency trip to the veterinarian, he received radiographs, fluids, and an endoscopy.

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