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 that the chaotic nature of the holidays can affect their health and wellbeing.

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!

Tips from 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 an issue or emergency.
  • Invest in pet insurance!
  • See more tips.
Gordon the cat

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

Nell the dog

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 the dog wearing a baseball cap sideways

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 the dog

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