Want to know some of the best things you can do for your pets for Christmas? They need peace, health, love, and happiness just like the rest of
us. Here are some of the most important things you can do for your pets and they will love you for it!
pets a safe, quiet, warm, comfortable place to stay. When company arrives, some pets just want their own private hideaway. If your pet loves interacting with other people, then just make sure you know who is ok and who is not ok. If company brings pets
along, then make sure those pets are compatible with yours, or provide a separate safeplace for those pets in your home. Also make sure that pets don’t have a chance to run out the door when company arrives. Make
sure company keeps any of their medications out of your pets’ reach.
2. Don’t feed human food that will make pets sick, and make it clear to guests that feeding your
pet or leaving their plates and drinks out for the animals to lick is not ok and is sometimes toxic to your pets.
best gift for an aging cat or dog may be an orthopedic bed or ramps to climb up onto their favorite sleeping areas or window viewing areas.
cats who are overweight, a feeding ball that they have to roll around to drop their kibble may be good. Even a laser light that they can chase for interactive play or a feather toy would be great. For dogs, extra walks outside would be welcome.
5. Tasty treats that promote good dental health and other products can be found on the Veterinary Oral Health Council website. This website has products that board-certified veterinary dentists
have put through double-blind studies to prove that they help prevent dental disease.
6. Some dogs would benefit from a good grooming at a local groomer where you can request a
hypoallergenic colloidal oatmeal bath and cream rinse to soothe their dry, itchy skin that we all experience this time of year. Most cats would not appreciate this, but you may be able to find a moisturizing mousse or spray for their skin.
7. The most basic, free thing you can do for your pets is giving them extra pats, hugs, kisses, and playtime. Remind them how much you love them and appreciate them.
very careful around the holidays with all the extra chances pets have to get exposed to toxic foods, drinks, plants, and items that could cause intestinal obstruction or gastrointestinal upset. The following items are the most common holiday hazards:
a. Chocolate—vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures, cardiac arrhythmias, death.
b. Tinsel/Ribbon/Bows/String/Yarn---intestinal obstruction requiring surgery especially in cats
sweetener found in many candies, gum, baked goods, low sugar peanut butter, etc.---causes a life-threatening blood sugar drop and liver failure in dogs.
--- only mildly toxic to dogs and cats---cause vomiting, drooling, and possibly diarrhea.
e. Christmas trees/greens--- toxic to dogs and cats---tree
oils can cause irritation to mouth and stomach and cause drooling and vomiting. TREE NEEDLES CAN CAUSE GASTROINTESTINAL IRRITATION, VOMITING, GASTROINTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION OR PUNCTURE IF ENOUGH CONSUMED. TREE
WATER SOMETIMES CONTAINS PRESERVATIVES, FERTILIZERS, PESTICIDES, AND ASPIRIN THAT ARE ADDED TO KEEP THE TREE FRESH. THESE ARE ALL TOXIC TO DOGS AND CATS.
light strings---if ingested can cause electroshock burns of mouth and possible lung damage and brain damage in dogs and cats.
hooks---these can cause gastrointestinal obstruction and puncture if ingested by dogs or cats.
h. Styrofoam---can cause choking or intestinal obstruction in dogs and cats if ingested.
i. Candles—cats especially can brush near a lit candle and burn themselves and also start a fire.
to severe toxicity to dogs and cats and can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, seizures, and death if ingested in large amounts.
Prevention is the best medicine, but
keep the ASPCA POISON CONTROL NUMBER handy if you ever need it. 1-866-692-7472
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND KEEP YOURSELVES AND YOUR PETS SAFE !!!