Holidays With Pocket Pets

Do you have a bunny, gerbil, hamster, or Guinea pig for a pet? These little guys are super cute, and can make wonderful animal companions! Read on as a Marietta, GA vet offers tips on keeping your tiny buddy happy, healthy, and safe during the holidays.

Hazards

The holidays can be a very dangerous time for small animals. Tinsel, ribbon, ornaments, glitter, ornament hooks, and small objects are all hazardous to small furballs. When you let your furry pal out to play, keep the little guy contained in one small, pet-proofed area.

Gifts

Pocket pets also deserve some special presents. Some good gift options include toys, treats, and hidey-holes. A bigger cage could also be a great gift. Of course, our miniature animal friends all have their own specific needs, so ask your vet to suggest a good gift.

Decorations

Who says you can’t decorate your pint-sized pal’s cage? Look for holiday themed hidey-holes, and change out your cute buddy’s home for the season. You can also include seasonal wooden objects, like tree or snowflake shapes. Or, make your cute pet some decorations out of cardboard or paper. You can even hang lights or other decorative items on your tiny friend’s cage. Just be sure these things are on the outside, well out of your pet’s reach. You’ll also want to avoid offering your furball anything with sharp edges, small parts, or dangling threads. Items coated in glitter, varnish, paint, or dye are also on the no-no list. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Treats

Many people like to pamper their pets by giving them special holiday treats. These little ones also love yummy snacks! Be sure to only offer your tiny pal things that are safe for them. Some foods to avoid include chocolate; caffeine; junk food; garlic and onions; hard candies; and products containing xylitol. However, all animals have their own specific nutritional needs, so ask your vet for recommendations.

Photos

Pocket pets can take some adorable holiday photos! Try using some cute props. For instance, put a tiny Santa hat on your Guinea pig, or put your bunny in a little sleigh. Just be sure to supervise your pet very carefully during these photo sessions: you don’t want your miniature furball eating the props!

Do you have questions about your pocket pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Marietta, GA animal hospital, today!