How the holidays can affect our pets and what we can do to help

In Dr. Haley’s vlog, she discussed how the holiday season can cause physical and emotional stress on our pets. She talked about different ways to help your pets adapt to the changes in their environment. Discussing your pet’s situation with their veterinarian can help you determine the right course of action. There are some nutritional supplements you can try that may help ease your pet’s tension.

Solliquin is a supplement in treat form for dogs and cats that can be given everyday, or just when needed. It can also be given in conjunction with the other options below. We have these available for you in our hospital.

Zylkene is another supplement for dogs and cats available in-hospital or through our online pharmacy.

Royal Canin Calm is a dry food for dogs and cats that “contains hydrolyzed milk protein and tryptophan, an amino acid involved in balanced serotonin metabolism.” You can get your bag from us or from our online pharmacy, but it is considered a “prescription diet” so it would require doctor approval.

NurtureCALM Pheromone Collars are available here in our hospital for dogs and cats. If you’ve ever come in and seen Comet’s purple collar, that’s what it is.

Feliway has a great line of calming products for cats that includes sprays and plug-in diffusers.

And for the canine version, Adaptil has a line of sprays, collars and plug-ins.

 

This is a great place to start. If you feel like, while these may be helping, your pet might need something more, talk to your veterinarian. We’re here to help! And think proactively. Often times it’s better to get things started before the holidays get into full swing. Do a test run and see how things go. Does your pet get nervous coming to the vet? Start your supplemental routine and after a few days, bring them in for a treat and see how they do!

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