03-19-2019  4:39 pm      •     
Dr. Jasmine Streeter, DVM
Published: 12 December 2018

The holidays are a time to gather closer to the ones we love. For many people, pets play an integral role in making their house a home. For others, pets may be the only family they have left. This season, while you are making new memories and sharing in the old, I implore you to include your pet. I’ve taken the liberty to share a few holiday traditions my pets enjoy that yours may too. 

Holiday Decorating and Crafts

Decorating and crafts takes on a whole new feel when pets get included. Some animals lay peacefully by the fire as tranquil as a Thomas Kinkade painting while others exhibit traits more in line with the Grinch. If your pet behaves, let them join you outside while you string lights or decorate the tree. Try including them in the family card or making a pet stocking with a painted paw print. Guarantee, it will make your holiday experience more enjoyable and your pets will appreciate it too.

Gift Shopping and Errands

If you have a light shopping day and want some company, bring your pet.  Many stores are pet friendly and will welcome you and your fur baby with open arms. If they have a Santa, even better, that is a great time to get a picture you and your little one will be proud of.

Opening Gifts

As an only child, for many years I received all the Christmas gifts. After getting my dog and cat, that all changed. With no children at home, my holidays are now spent wrapping stuffed animal toys and kitty treats. Watching their little nubs and tails wiggle back and forth as they wait for me to pass them their gifts makes it all worth it. I am a witness to the joy pets can experience when they are included in the gift giving.

Explore Outside

Winter weather brings a beauty all its own. This time of year I love walking through my neighborhood after dinner and admiring the beautiful light displays.To protect your pet against the wintry elements, I recommend purchasing a doggy jacket or protective booties. Make sure your pet is visible in inclement weather and at night by fitting them with reflective gear or light up collars.

Holiday Movie Night

Grab some milk and cookies and  a few pet treats and you will be ready for movie night. The holidays are the perfect time to catch up on your favorite seasonal movies and comedies. This season save money on your electric bill and get all the love by cuddling with your pet for a movie marathon or holiday classic. For me, The Grinch and Friday After Next will be on repeat.  

Wishing you and yours a relaxing holiday and a Happy New Year!

You can ask Dr. Jasmine a pet question or email your pet photo to [email protected]

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