Holiday Hints for Pet Owners

‘Tis the season…..for many visitors, rich foods,fireplaces,gift giving and other seasonal by-products that can leave your pet feeling not so jolli. Here are a few tips to make the holiday season a happy events for you and your pets.

Gift Ideas

  • Detal Hygiene Bones
  • Conditional Chew Toys
  • New Blanket or Pet Bed
  • Interactive Toys
  • Scratching Post
  • Grooming Set
  • Pet relaxation Music
  • Sweaters,jackets or Booties
  • Leashes,Collars or Harnesses
  • Visite with a pet sitter to cear for
  • your pet during holiday travel!

The Food

  • Stick to a normal diet. In additional to avoiding the problems noted below,this reinforces a routine that pets need to feel secure.
  • Resist the temptation to “treat” your pets from the table. This can lead to indigestion,upset tummies vomiting or dearrhea.
  • Do not feed chocolate,nuts and candy. Nuts and hard candies may cause choking,while chocolate contains Theobromine, which can be toxic to pets.

The Guests

  • Create a special space for your pets away from all the noise and activity.
  • Allow the animal to get used to spendig time in this space by placing litter box,faorite toys,etc.Inthe room about two weeks before guests are expected.
  • Place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. After all,would you want a bunch of strangers coming into your room uninvited?

Deck the Halls

  • Decorations are an open invitation to play for most pets.Keep tempting items out of reach and make sure all decoration “pet proof”.
  • Christmas trees are frightining to some pets and intriguing to other.Glimmering and dangling ornaments are a temptation, so hang them above your pet’s peach and make sure pets can’t tip the tree over.
  • Keep a screen around your fireplace and make sure stockings or other items can’t be dragged into the fire by pets. Do not leave pets unattended ia a room with a fireplace or lit candles.

Pretty Dangers

  • Holiday plants and berries can be poisonous or dangerous for your pets.these include:
    • Holly
    • Poinsettia
    • Chrysanthemum
    • Amaryllis
    • Periwinkle
    • Mistletoe
  • Keep plants out of reach of pets and know the proper first aid procedure to follow if yourpet eats poisonous holiday plants.