Adopting a Pet for the Holidays: Is it the Right Time?

A puppy under christmas tree.

For some of us, the holidays make us feel warm, fuzzy, and completely in the mood for a cuddly new companion. For others, the holidays are a reminder of those we’ve lost. Nothing, we think, would be better than adopting a new pet to give all our love and attention to. 

But is adopting a pet for Christmas—or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or simply the winter solstice—a good idea? 

It all depends on the circumstances. Take a look at these pet adoption tips from the team at Sky Canyon Animal Hospital for help deciding. 

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The Importance of Sunscreen for Your Pet’s Summer Fun

cute dog at the beach.

With so many trails to roam and beaches to bask on, California is a sun-lover’s dream. And if you plan on taking your pet to your next outdoor adventure, make sure you bone up on sun safety for pets.

Most pet owners understand that summer’s hot sun can lead to heat exhaustion or even heatstroke if pets aren’t provided with adequate shade and clean drinking water, but it might surprise you to know that our pets—in spite of being covered in luxurious fur—need sunscreen just like we do.

Read on for tips on sun protection for pets so you can keep your cats and dogs safe and healthy during summer fun. 

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Year-Round Parasite Prevention Starts in the New Year

Parasite prevention for cats.

Humans are creatures of habit, and yet we allow lots of things to fall through the cracks. Perhaps equally true is that we are, for the most part, prone to procrastination. Why do anything right away when it’s just as easy to do it later? However, when it comes to your pet’s parasite prevention, it is ideal to have them on a year-round schedule. That way, they are never vulnerable to the resilient, pervasive bugs that can cause problems in unprotected pets. 

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