With the holidays approaching fast, there are all sorts of adorable seasonal pet photos going around, mostly of dogs and cats. What about other pets, such as exotic pets or pocket pets? These cute animals can also join in seasonal festivities! A Covington, GA vet discusses holiday ideas for small and exotic pets below.
You can definitely take some super cute photos for the holidays. Put your hamster in a sleigh, or put tiny antlers on your bunny. Just pay close attention to the little guy as you are taking photos. You don’t want them eating their props or running off! It may not be as easy to get that cute shot of a snake or lizard, but, as long as your scaled pal doesn’t mind, you may be able to balance a Santa hat on your pet’s head long enough to take a picture.
Food is a big part of many seasonal traditions. It’s fine to offer your pet a special snack. Just be careful to only offer only safe, suitable foods. Each type of pet has their own specific needs, so ask your vet for nutritional advice. That said, there are some things that are generally unsafe for all pets. This list includes chocolate; alcohol; garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; caffeine; fatty or sugary foods; and anything that contains xylitol.
There’s no reason you can’t add some cute seasonal decorations to your little buddy’s habitat. Just stick to items that you know are safe for the little guy. For example, you can string tinsel or lights on the outside of your pet’s home, as long as you’re sure they can’t reach them. You can also try putting a seasonal hidey-hole, such as an igloo, in your pet’s cage. Another option for pocket pets, like gerbils, Guinea pigs, and hamsters, is to cut plain paper into seasonally-themed shapes, such as snowflakes, and add those.
No matter how tiny your pet is, he or she is a part of the family. Why not get the little guy a special gift? Chew toys are always a great option for pocket pets, while reptiles may prefer snacks or new tank decorations. You can also get your animal friend a new habitat.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Oak Hill Animal Hospital. Please contact us, your Covington, GA vet clinic, anytime.