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Holistic Holiday Pet Care

December 15 2022

Season’s Greetings! Are you trying to embrace a healthy, natural lifestyle? That’s a great New Year’s resolution, but it’s also a solid everyday goal, and something you can work into all aspects of your life … including your pet’s care. A Rancho Santa Fe, CA vet offers some advice on having a holistic holiday with your furry best friend in this article.

Check Labels

Make a habit of checking labels on all pet products. Opt for brands that use sustainable resources. When possible, opt for things made here in North America. Some countries have quite loose safety guidelines when it comes to pet products. Better safe than sorry!

Be Cautious With Food

Food is one of the biggest concerns for pet safety around the holidays. Stick with safe options! Never give your pet garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; chocolate; caffeine; avocado; pitted fruits; and raw dough. Ask your vet for more information.

Give Back

The theory behind holistic care is for it to be a complete health and wellness system that encompasses the whole being: body, mind, and spirit. When it comes to spirit, many find that helping others is a wonderful, fulfilling, and rewarding experience. Consider doing something to help local animal charities. Donations are always appreciated, but you can also look into volunteering or even fostering. This is also a good time to donate old things, like that expensive cat tower Fluffy completely ignores.

Decorate Carefully

Keep in mind that anything small or sharp is unsafe, as are items with ropes and cords. Plus, many decorations contain toxic chemicals. While that inflatable Santa isn’t exactly a huge and immediate risk, you may want to start going for more natural items.

Fake It

Believe it or not, artificial trees may be a better choice than real ones. You also won’t have to worry about Fido or Fluffy eating pine needles or drinking chemically-tainted water from the tree’s water bowl.

Limit Stress

This can be a stressful time of year, for both people and pets. Guests, parties, schedule changes, travel and/or boarding, and even the decorations can all unnerve our animal companions. Pay extra attention to Fido and Fluffy. Make time to relax and enjoy some down time with your furry best friend.

Our Advice on Holistic Holiday Pet Care in 2024

What foods are absolutely dangerous to your pet during the holidays?

During the holidays, certain foods pose significant risks to pets and should be strictly avoided. Never give your pet garlic, onions, scallions, and chives, as these can cause serious blood cell damage. Grapes, currants, and raisins are toxic and can lead to kidney failure. Meat on the bone can cause choking or intestinal blockages. Chocolate and caffeine contain substances that are poisonous to pets. Avocado, pitted fruits, and raw dough can also be harmful. Always opt for pet-safe treats and consult your veterinarian for more information on safe dietary options.

How can you help your pet cope with the changes and potential stressors of the holiday season?

To help your pet cope with holiday season changes and potential stressors, maintain their regular routine as much as possible, including feeding and exercise times. Provide a quiet, comfortable space where they can retreat from the noise and activity of gatherings. Introduce any decorations gradually and keep them away from accessible areas to avoid overwhelming your pet. Pay extra attention to your pet’s behavior, offering reassurance and comfort through additional cuddles or playtime. Consider calming products, such as pheromone diffusers or toys, if your pet shows signs of stress.

Are there natural shampoos or grooming products that are gentler on your pet’s skin and coat?

Yes, there are natural shampoos and grooming products available that are gentler on your pet’s skin and coat. These products typically use organic, plant-based ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, and dyes. Ingredients such as aloe vera, oatmeal, and coconut oil are known for their soothing and moisturizing properties. When choosing a natural shampoo, look for products that are specifically formulated for pets, pH-balanced for their skin, and free from parabens and sulfates. Consulting your veterinarian for recommendations can ensure you select the best option for your pet’s specific needs.

Besides minimizing stressors, what natural remedies can help a stressed pet?

Besides minimizing stressors, natural remedies such as pheromone diffusers or sprays can help calm a stressed pet. These products mimic the natural pheromones animals produce, promoting a sense of safety and well-being. Herbal supplements containing ingredients like chamomile, valerian root, or lavender may also offer calming effects. Additionally, engaging in regular, gentle play or exercise can naturally reduce anxiety. It’s essential to consult with a veterinarian before introducing any new remedy to ensure it’s safe and suitable for your pet’s specific health needs.

If you are traveling with your pet for the holidays, how can you make the journey as stress-free as possible using a holistic approach?

To ensure a stress-free journey when traveling with your pet using a holistic approach, start with familiarizing your pet with their carrier or travel environment well in advance. Incorporate calming pheromone sprays or natural stress-relief supplements, such as those with chamomile or valerian root, after consulting your vet. Maintain a calm demeanor, as pets can pick up on your emotions. Schedule regular breaks for exercise and relaxation if traveling by car. Bring familiar items, like their favorite blanket or toy, to create a sense of security and comfort during the trip.

Happy Holidays from Santaluz Animal Care, your trusted vet clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, CA! Please feel free to contact us anytime for any assistance related to your pet’s health.