A Safe Holiday For Your Pets

We understand that pets are a part of our families, so we want to help you make sure they stay safe this holiday season.  Our December cropped-rrefavicon2.pngReport (below) outlines seven tips to keep your dogs and cats safe during the festivities of the holiday season.  You and your furry family members have a special relationship, so we’ve along with these helpful safety ideas, we’ve also gathered some fun features to help make holiday together even more special.   You’ll also notice that we’ve included access to a fun infographic about pet-human relationships as well as ways to chase those winter blues away.

PET SAFETY:

For many of us, our pets are a part of our families. Make sure they stay safe during all of the holiday festivities with these helpful tips.

Create a quiet space for pets. The holidays are a chaotic time, especially when it’s your turn to host the annual party. Set up a private space for your pets to allow them to relax when they need a break, especially if they’re skittish or anxious by nature.

Keep food out of reach.  Although most dogs and cats will happily eat scraps from the table, there are many foods they shouldn’t eat.  Other items such as turkey bones, wrappers, etc. also pose a choking hazard for your furry friends.

Clean spills right away.  If an ornament or decoration happens to break, be sure to sweep up the pieces right away so that your pets don’t cut themselves on any broken glass or shards.

Rethink your décor.  Hooks, tinsel and glass items can be dangerous for curious pets, especially if swallowed. Additionally, candles may burn animals and create a fire hazard.  Keep these items up high or avoid using them all together.

Avoid toxic plants.  Although popular this time of year, plants like lilies, holly and mistletoe are highly toxic to animals if ingested.  Even poinsettias are known to cause some irritation if swallowed or exposed to the skin.  Avoid purchasing these plants and be sure to inspect bouquets given to you by guests to ensure your pets stay safe.

Watch your tree water. Tree water is tempting for many dogs and cats who want to quench their thirst. However, it can cause intestinal problems. If your heart is set on having a real tree, buy a smaller one and put it somewhere out of reach or surround it with a dog fence.

Keep small items out of reach.  Small items such as gifts, trinkets, confetti or balloons pose a choking hazard for many animals. Put them up high and instruct your guests to do the same.

 

Why are pets so great for us?

We all need support and non-judgemental relationships, and sometimes, we simply need a friend who doesn’t talk back.  Check out this infographic to find out more Top Reasons Pets Are Good For Us.

Pets and Our Relationships

 

Here are more tips about pet ownership and making everyone in your family happier…

Save on your premium pet food: Do your pricing research!

Traveling with your pet? Be sure to get a note from your vet.

Healthy Snacks for You and Your Pet (mostly for dogs, but cats might enjoy some of them, too!)

Vets On Demand: Use Your Smartphone to Find Out Why Fluffy or Fido Isn’t Feeling Well

If you’ve just decided that 2016 is the year you get a dog…read this: Where to Start When You’ve Decided You Want A Dog

 

Have some fun with your pets…

Need a unique gift for that someone special? Send them a plush version of their pet.

15 Winter Must-Haves for Dogs

How about some monthly fun for your pup?  Try Bark Box, where you can customize your plan by dog size or breed.

Don’t forget Kitty’s holiday: Catit Senses Playground

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