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Holidays With Nervous Dogs

Is your canine buddy easily excitable? Does Fido often get scared or anxious? If so, he isn’t the only one. Many of our canine companions are a bit fretful. Dogs can be afraid of a variety of things, such as loud noises, being left alone, visitors, social events, and changes to their daily routine or environment. Of course, all of these things may come into play around the holidays. This time of year can be quite difficult for timid pets! Here, a Brandon, FL vet offers tips on spending the holidays with a nervous pup.


One of the best things you can do to keep Fido calm is to simply make sure he is getting enough activity. This will help your pooch burn off his excess energy. After a fun play session, your pup will be a bit tired, and therefore won’t be as jittery. Take time to walk and play with your pet every day.   (Tip: new toys make great gifts for dogs.)

Safe Space

Some dogs are more comfortable when they have a safe space to retreat to. A crate is great for this, though you shouldn’t keep Fido crated too long. If you have a spare room, you can also put your canine pal in there with bedding, toys, treats, and food. Put a baby gate at the door, so your pet can still see and hear you. That way, he won’t feel so isolated. If you’re expecting a noisy night, turn a radio or TV on to mask the sounds. This is a good tactic for New Year’s Eve, as many dogs are scared of fireworks.

Puppy-Calming Products

There are now quite a few products that are specifically made for calming pets, such as treats, collars, and sprays. Medication can also help your pooch cope with his anxiety. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Consider Boarding

Are you having a big holiday party? You may want to consider boarding Fido that day. You can enjoy the big event, while knowing that your pooch is safe and sound.

Quality Time

Last but not least, spend some quiet quality time with Fido. Relaxing with your pup and a good seasonal movie is a great break from all that hustle and bustle!

Please contact us, your local Brandon, FL vet clinic, for your dog’s boarding and veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

Thanksgiving Care Tips for Dogs

Thanksgiving is coming up fast! It’s always nice to slow down and relax with our loved ones over a delicious meal. Fido is an important part of the family, and will be right there by your side—or perhaps under your feet—over the autumn holiday. Here, a Brandon, FL vet discusses spending Thanksgiving with Fido.


If you are hosting this year’s dinner, make sure your canine buddy puts his best paw forward. Give Fido a good brushing, or take him to the groomer’s before the big day. That way, your visitors will be greeted by a soft, clean pooch!


Fido will definitely be paying attention when those savory dishes come out of the oven. You can share some of that mouth-watering turkey with your pet. Just be sure to give him only plain, cooked meat, without the skin, bones, or fat. Hold the gravy, though: it may contain things like garlic or onions, which aren’t safe for dogs. Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and cooked peas, spinach, and carrots are also fine. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.


Before your guests arrive, tire your pup out with a long walk and then a vigorous play session. Dogs are usually much calmer when they’re tired. It isn’t a bad thing if Fido is more interested in napping than in making mischief!

Fur Busting

Dogs are wonderful friends and companions, but they can be sloppy roommates. Before the big day, vacuum and dust thoroughly, and change your air filters. Use a squeegee or a rubber dish glove to remove pet fur from your sofa and chairs.


Man’s Best Friend has had a very long time to perfect the sad-puppy-dog stare that is so effective at getting us to share our food. However, begging is bad petiquette, and can make guests uneasy. You also don’t want to take a chance on someone giving your pooch something that isn’t safe for him. Consider putting Fido in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding while you’re eating. If your dog tends to greet people by jumping on them, you may also want to keep him in a separate area as people are coming and going. You don’t want him knocking that bean casserole out of your grandma’s hands!

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Brandon, FL vet clinic, anytime.