The hectic holiday season reminds us how much we appreciate our pets. They are the best companions when we need a break from the hustle and bustle. They don’t tell a soul when they see us put dropped cookies back on the holiday platter—we’ve all done it—and they never ask if their present comes with a gift receipt. This year, show your pet how much they mean to you with our Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services team’s pet-friendly approach to celebrating the holidays. 

Take in the festive sights with your pet

Hop in the car with your pet, and explore your neighborhood holiday light displays. Roll down the windows a bit, and let your pet feel the wind in their fur while taking in the dazzling lights. For those extra chilly nights, keep your pet cozy and warm with an insulated jacket. You may decide to forgo the car and explore the sights on foot. We have a feeling your pet will be happy with either transportation mode, as long as they are with you. 

Bake pet-friendly treats

Baking is a holiday staple, and your pet will be thrilled when you serve their own tasty treat. Search online for healthy pet treat recipes like these yummy peanut butter pupcakes or carrot and catnip kitty treats, and give your pet a gift that delights their taste buds. Of course, treats are not a substitute for a well-balanced diet and should be given in moderation, but your pet’s tail will wag with delight as they devour their healthy holiday snack.

Stay warm and cozy with your pet

When the weather outside is frightful, stay indoors and spend a cozy evening with your pet. Gather soft blankets and your favorite holiday movies, and snuggle with your pet on the couch. If your pet isn’t allowed on the couch—if that’s really possible—surprise them with a heated bed. Heated dog beds are especially helpful for elderly pets with arthritis. The bed’s warmth increases your pet’s circulation and supports their muscles and joints. This special gift will warm your pet’s heart—and their body.

Give back with your pet

The holidays are a time for giving back, and you and your pet can spread holiday cheer by supporting an organization that helps animals. Contact your local animal shelter for a list of supply needs, or provide a financial donation if you are able. Depending on the organization, your donation may be tax-deductible. You and your pet can enjoy your act of kindness together, knowing your gift has made a difference for animals. 

Help your pet look and feel their holiday best

Give your pet the ultimate at-home spa experience this holiday season. First, thoroughly brush them, to eliminate loose fur and dirt. Next, bathe them till they are squeaky clean. While not all pets will love this gift, they will feel—and smell—much better in the long run. If your pet is small, you can plop them in the sink, while larger pets can be bathed in the bathtub or a shower with a detachable nozzle. Use a pet shampoo with natural ingredients to make your pet’s coat shine, and rinse well. Once your pet is dry, continue the pampering with:

  • Nail clipping
  • Hair trimming
  • Teeth brushing
  • Ear cleaning
  • Body massaging 

End your pet’s spa session with praise and treats—likely followed by a round of the “zooms” around the house—and tell them how great they look. 

Capture your cute pet on camera

Nothing says, “Happy Holidays” like a fur-family photoshoot. After your pet’s pampering session, you will want to photograph their polished look. Feeling extra festive? Order matching pajamas for your family members, including the furry ones. Set the camera timer, say, “Santa Paws,” and embrace your holiday photoshoot—Pinterest-worthy or not. 

Our Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services team wishes your family a holiday season filled with love, laughter, and extra belly rubs. But, should you have a holiday pet mishap, do not hesitate to contact our 24-hour emergency facility.