ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Festivities are well under way and while most of the holiday preparation is done, revelers should not forget about one important member – the family pet.
Cold temperatures, distractions, holiday foods, added stress, an increase in visitors and time away from home can present dangers for feline and canine companions.
Sherry Moyer, a veterinarian with Bernalillo County, said one thing people should keep in mind is how well dogs do with visitors. She said some are fine and enjoy the increase in visitors, while others don’t and the extra activity could create stress and anxiety for them.
“Dogs who do not like visitors, keep them separated from the hustle and bustle,” she said. “Give them toys they like. Put them in a quiet room with soothing music or in their crate.”