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Holidays,

Happy Holidays!

Santa with Pet PhotoWe all love this season of pretty lights and music. And even a little bit of snow makes for some extra excitement and nostalgia. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for our 4-legged family members during the holiday season.

Special Treats:

High fat foods, big meals, turkey dinner! Fabulous food is everywhere during the holidays! Since we enjoy it so much, we should share with our pets. Wrong. Leave them out of the food festivities. They won’t hold a grudge! They’ll feel better if you continue their regular diet routine and not add various treats. Sudden challenges to their gastrointestinal system can manifest in various unpleasant ways (including vomiting, accidents in the house or waking you up several times through the night to go out urgently). And some of our favorite treats are toxic to pets. A good example of this is chocolate! Let your pet’s tummy stay peaceful this holiday season. Don’t share the goodies.

Decorations:

Keep decorations out of reach. Cats love to climb Christmas trees and play with (and swallow) tinsel, while dogs love to chase and fetch the bobbles. (Helpful hint regarding kitties with tinsel poops: – don’t pull the tinsel out, cut it instead. Pulling a string out of the cat’s bum can damage or even lacerate the inside lining of the intestine.)

Pets and Halloween

halloweenHalloween is great fun for most of us.

Kids and grown-ups alike find it a time for the imagination to let loose & fantastical characters to be brought to life. It’s a time of hilarious costumes, bright lights and noise – (and candy!) We humans might have fun with this, but it’s often a confusing time for animals. Most pets are alarmed by the doorbell repeatedly ringing and visitors endlessly appearing, but some can even be intimidated by the costumes as well. Who really knows what our dogs and cats think of all this?But we do know that those who are frightened can act in ways that are unpredictable.