Keep the Holidays Happy

There is a chill in the air, friends are stopping by with yummy treats, and everything seems just a little bit merrier this time of year. Keep the Holidays peaceful with these helpful tips to keep your furry and fluffy fur kids safe.

Deck the Halls… but do it wisely
If you have rambunctious dogs or a mischievous kitten at home be careful with what and how you decorate your home. Tinsel is shiny and moves like string, which can quickly grab your cat’s attention. However if ingested it can turn into a bowel obstruction that may require surgery. If your dogs and cats are accident prone like ours, it is essential to keep breakable ornaments and decor up high, or they may become the victim of wagging tails and late night zoomies.

Photo courtesy of Jane T.

Chestnuts Roasting on a Open Fire… or not
We know how tough it is to resist those big puppy dog eyes, especially when it comes to treats! Many holiday treats (or too many of their normal treats) can lead to gastrointestinal upset which is uncomfortable for your pet. It can also mean a lot of cleaning up for you! Fatty foods, macadamia nuts and anything high in dairy are likely to trigger a bout of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) for your fur-kid that will require medical treatment and in severe cases, hospitalization.

Photo courtesy of Stacy D.

Here Comes Santa Claus…
Your favorite cousin is coming to town for the holidays this year and bringing her entire family, kids and pets included! While you could not be more excited, your pets are none the wiser until a car pulls into the driveway and what seems like a circus starts coming through the door. If you have a Nervous-Nelly, Door-Darting Larry or Protective Pete at home, it may be best to keep your pets in their kennel or a quiet room until everyone is in and settled. It is important to take it slow when introducing pets to each other. If your pets are the type to see everyone as a foe, or if you are unsure how they will tolerate the commotion, then make sure to have boarding arrangements in place before your guests arrive. They may even enjoy a little stay cation!

Photo of Thor, owned by Stephanie S.


Mistletoe and Holly… do not always make the season jolly
In many states snow blankets everything in white, and while we may not have that experience in the valley, many families choose to put up extra greenery inside to help celebrate the season. Make sure the Mistletoe is hung well out of reach, because all parts of the plant (especially the berries) are severely toxic to pets. Cat owners should be extremely cautious if they bring Lilies inside, as some species can cause acute renal disease and in some cases even be fatal if ingested. Holiday plants such as Poinsettia and Amaryllis can cause symptoms ranging from drooling and vomiting to tremors. If you think your pet has come into contact with a potentially toxic plant or medication we suggest first calling ASPCA Poison Control and then heading to your closest emergency veterinarian.

Photo courtesy of Jim S.