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The holidays are hectic with family gatherings, pet sitters, and many opportunities for our furry friends to get into mischief.
Seattle, Wash. (PRWEB) December 04, 2012
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has arrived, and during this time many people can become caught up in overloaded schedules, party planning, hosting relatives, and travel plans. It can be easy to overlook your furry friends that lie, head on paws, observing the chaos in relative silence. As your attention is focused on family activities, your pets can inadvertently be put at risk, says Dr. Kerri Marshall, Chief Veterinary Officer at Trupanion, a leading provider of pet insurance in North America.
Dr. Marshall says that it is important during the holidays to pause and think of the unique needs of your pets. While other family members understand the chaos around them and can plan accordingly, our pets experience stress and anxiety with the unexpected break in their routine and can react in ways that are potentially harmful.
Below are some useful tips for additional preparation and awareness during holiday events and activities.
For many people, the holidays bring a chance to gather with family and friends to celebrate the season and toast a new year. Big holiday meals, festive décor, and a houseful of visitors that don’t understand the behaviors and needs of pets can create many potentially unsafe situations for pets. Dr. Marshall offers the following simple tips to help pet owners keep their pets safe.
Christmas Tree and Gifts
A large tree suddenly showing up in the living room will seem odd to your pets. They may want to climb it, chew on it, knock it over (potentially on top of them or breaking ornaments leaving glass shards to step on), or urinate on it (trees are commonly used for scent marking). Come up with creative ways to ensure your pets’ safety by putting your tree behind pet gates or up on a tabletop if your tree is small enough.
If you set wrapped presents underneath the tree, these should be monitored as well. Pets are curious and often play with the gift wrapping ribbons. The accidental ingestion of ribbon can cause bunching in a pet’s intestines. Dr. Marshall gives the example of Gordon, a 5-month-old cat who ingested some ribbon and needed $2,800 worth of veterinary care. Gift wrapping supplies should be stored once gifts are wrapped and cleaned up immediate after they are opened.
Traveling by Car
Today, many families choose to take their pets with them on holiday trips. Often, that means a long road trip that breaks up a pet’s routine and adds many unfamiliar activities and potentially dangerous situations at road stops. Preparation and alertness when traveling with pets are key to ensure an enjoyable trip for all, says Dr. Marshall, who offers the following tips:
Traveling by Plane
Occasionally, families will need to ship their pets by plane to their holiday destination or to family members who will care for them while the family is away. Ideally, your pet would travel in a carrier with you in the cabin, however, some pets are too large for the size carrier required, so must travel in the cargo area. There are some important considerations when shipping or traveling by air with your pet, says Dr. Marshall.
While holiday travels often involve pets, there are still many pets that are left home with pet sitters while their families are away. Even with the most trusted pet sitter, it can be hard for many pet owners to leave their pets with another caretaker. What if the pet becomes sick or injured? Advanced preparation will ensure your pet is well-cared for while you are away.
“Pet insurance is really the best way to make sure there is never any barrier to your pet receiving the best care and is especially important during the holidays when the chance of accidents happening is higher,” says Dr. Marshall.
Those who take care of your pets often don’t know what you want them to do in case your pet becomes ill or injured. If you have your pet insured, there will be no hesitation or time wasted trying to get ahold of you in case you are away from the phone.
“The plan becomes ‘treat now, call later’ as opposed to ‘get permission, then treat’”, says Dr. Marshall. “Any many times unnecessary delays in treatments can change the outcome for the pet.”
Trupanion is an industry leader in pet insurance, offering cat and dog insurance in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico with the mission of delivering financial peace of mind to pet owners. Trupanion offers a simple, customizable pet insurance policy with 90% coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, medications, hospital stays, and alternative therapies for the treatment of accidents or illnesses. Trupanion’s policy includes coverage of hereditary and congenital conditions with no payout limits per incident, per year, or over the lifetime of the pet.
Trupanion® is underwritten by the American Pet Insurance Company, which has earned a Financial Stability Rating of A, Exceptional, from Demotech, Inc. Trupanion is a founding member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA), demonstrating a commitment to high standards and transparency in all actions and products. For more information call 800-569-7913 or visit Trupanion.com. You can also follow Trupanion on Twitter or Facebook.
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