Holiday Tips For Your Pets

With the holiday season upon us don’t forget your furry friends.

For those that are new cat and dog owners you may not know all the ins and outs of being a parent to these often crazy critters, especially during the holidays. Even veteran owners may get distracted over the holidays with all the parties, family gatherings and other distractions the holiday season brings.

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Holiday Tips For Your Pets

To make your holiday season enjoyable and safe for your pets, we wanted to provide some safety tips to think about.

  • Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettias is Poisonous

  • Christmas Trees

  • Chocolate Is Toxic

  • Noise Makers

  • Traveling With Your Pets


Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettias

While these plants and decorations are fun, they are possibility dangerous for cats and dogs. They are known to be poisonous and something you should try to keep out of reach.

If you choose to bring home these plants and decorations, put them in places where you can monitor them and place them out-of-the-way of your furry friends paws, claws and teeth.

The Christmas Tree

Every year Christmas trees are decorated with lights and all sorts of fun ornaments cats love to play with. If you do buy a Christmas tree this year, make sure it has a good stand and doesn’t contain ornaments that could possibly choke your cat or dog.

Also watch out for the occasional tree climber. Cats love to venture to high places and what better place climb than a Christmas tree.

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Chocolate Is Toxic

Who doesn’t love chocolate cookies, candies and sweets. It turns out that chocolate can be lethal to cats and dogs. If your 4 legged friend does ingest chocolate don’t panic, but you will probably want to contact your local veterinarian for advice. You can also contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center National Hotline 888-426-4435 if you’re unsure.

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Noise Makers

Remember a pet’s hearing is much more sensitive than ours. Every year animal shelters get an uptick in lost animals being brought to them. For New Years, keep your cat and dog inside and if possible in a room that is insulated to outside loud noises.

Some veterinarians will also advise sedatives for pets that are extra sensitive to noise and are overly-anxious.

Traveling With Your Pets

If you plan a big getaway for the holidays with your pets, make sure they have up to date ID tags. Actually make sure they have up to date IDs even if you leave them at home or at a boarding house.

Traveling to new locations can often be very exciting or scary for your pets depending on their temperament. Cats usually get a bit freaked out when traveling. Dogs usually love the adventure.

Make sure to bring a kennel if needed and also your pets favorite toys and sleeping beds. Don’t forget to bring their food!

Follow these tips and your holiday season will be merry and joyful for everyone, including your four legged friends.