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Published on Monday, November 19, 2012

A holiday to be thankful for

Tips to enjoy a happy, healthy and safe holiday with your pets

A holiday to be thankful for
Tips to enjoy a happy, healthy and safe holiday with your pets

Now that the holidays are on the way, people will be spending more time indoors entertaining. Residents may want to include their pets in the merrymaking but that could mean trouble without a few elementary precautions. The holidays can be a festive time for our four legged friends by following some simple tips:

  • Pay attention to your companion animal. Pets are often ignored in the rush and excitement of the holidays. This can lead to mischief.
  • Unsure about how your pet will react to all the new faces in the house? Create a safe, comfortable place for your pet to relax. Make sure you put out plenty of fresh food, water and toys.
  • Play with your dog or cat at least twice a day for twenty minutes. A tired pet is less likely to do something “off limits.” Use baby gates to cut off access to “restricted” areas.
  • Traveling with your pet during the holiday? Make sure you bring all your pet’s supplies including food, dishes, leash and collar, toys as well as any medications your pet may be need. Ensure your pet has some form of identification should they get lost like an engraved tag with your contact number or a microchip ID.
  • If your dog will be staying with a friend, a pet sitter or at a boarding kennel during the holiday, make arrangements well in advance to avoid any last minute hassles.
  • Holiday goodies should be kept away from your pet. Chocolate and raisins can actually be toxic to many animals.
  • It may be tempting but don’t give your pet food off of the table. Holiday foods can be hard on your animal’s stomach and may lead to diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Candies and gums with the artificial sweetener Xylitol can also be toxic to pets.
  • Remember, poultry bones, including turkey, are a choking hazard.
  • Giving alcohol to a pet--even a sip or two--is dangerous and could be fatal.

Think your pet may have ingested something toxic? Call the Pet Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 or the nearest pet emergency clinic. Check the Yellow Pages under “veterinary clinic” for one closest to you.

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