The holidays are upon us. The time for family and friends to come together and celebrate. While we consider our pets part of our family, they often do not enjoy this time of year. All of the commotion and chaos can be very confusing and upsetting to our furry friends. Having all sorts of extra folks in the house can be overwhelming to any animal. During your gatherings, please make sure that your animals have a safe and quiet place to escape to like the bedroom or their crate. A special treat or toy, like a frozen kong, may be in order to keep them occupied. This will also keep them away from any open doors as we don’t need anyone escaping!
In addition, our holiday foods are a danger to our critters. Many of the holiday fares are very rich and fatty (yum!) which can wreak havoc on a dog’s digestive system while turkey bones and chocolate can be flat out deadly. It’s a good idea to keep food up on the higher tables and counter tops (even though this will not likely deter those expert counter surfers and those curious kitties). It’s also helpful to remove the trash from inside to home to avoid any inquiring noses.
Lastly, after all your guests have left and all the dishes are done, it is imperative that you give your pets loves of love, hugs and kisses and remind them how thankful you are to have them in your life!