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Holidays With Kids And Pets

December 15, 2021

Happy Holidays! Like many of you, we are looking forward to getting together with our friends and family members over the next few weeks. Pets count as both! However, if you are having little kids over, you’ll need to pay close attention as they interact with your pup. An Anderson, IN vet discusses helping things go smoothly with Fido and your littlest visitors below.

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Food

Food is another possible concern. Dogs can get pretty protective over their dinners. If you know or suspect that Fido may have food aggression, feed him in a separate area during meals. Keep in mind that not everything we eat is safe for dogs. Plus, kids may try to share snacks with their canine pals, and could inadvertently give your pup something that isn’t safe.

Watch For Red Flags

Animals can be wonderful friends and companions to children. Many dogs are remarkably tolerant and protective of kids. However, keep in mind that Fido can get frightened or unsettled easily. This can be a concern with very young children, as they can move quickly and sometimes have pretty high (and loud) voices. Keep an eye on Fido, and watch for signs that he’s feeling uneasy. Growling is of course the most obvious one, but there are also more subtle hints, such as tucking the tail, licking the lips, cowering, and pacing. Put him in a separate, comfy area if he seems unsettled.
Everyone at Lapel Animal Clinic, your Anderson, IN pet clinic, wants to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Contact us anytime!

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