This blog is a tribute to Belle, and all the dogs who have come before and after. They are my friends, my companions, my teachers and my students. They bring me both joy and heartache, laughter and tears. There is nothing as sweet as the smell of puppy breathe, and nothing as sad as the final goodbye.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Tips For Your Pet

Holiday Food No-Nos
  • Don't treat your pets with holiday food because it leads to indigestion, upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea.   
  • Do not feed them chocolate, especially dark chocolate.  Chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to pets.  Dark chocolate can be fatal.  
  • Don't feed them nuts or candy because it can cause choking.      

Santa & Dogs

Holiday Visitors
  • Create a special place for your pets away from the noisy festivities.
  • Allow around 2 weeks for the pet to get used to the "special place" before your guests arrive.
  • Place a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door of their "special place." 

Dangerous Holiday Items
  • Holiday plants can be poisonous or dangerous for your pets:
    • Holly
    • Poinsettia
    • Chrysanthemum
    • Amaryllus
    • Periwinkle  
    • Mistletoe
  • Keep plants out of your pet's reach.  
  • Know the proper first aid procedure if your pet eats one of the above plants. 

Holiday Decorations
  • Keep decorations out of your pet's reach and make sure they are "pet proof" just in case.
  • Christmas trees can be frightening or intriguing.  Make sure your ornaments are hung out of your pet's reach.  Make sure your pet can't tip the tree over.
  • Do not leave pets unattended in a room with a fireplace or lit candles.  Keep a screen around the fireplace an make sure stockings and other things can't be drug into the fire by pets.   

Fun Pet Gift Ideas

  • Dental Hygiene Bones
  • Conditioning Chew Toys
  • New Blanket or Pet Bed
  • Interactive Toys
  • Scratching Post
  • Grooming Set
  • Pet Relaxation Music
  • Sweaters, Jackets or Booties
  • Leashes, Collars or Harnesses
  • Visits with Pampered Pet Sitting to care for your pets while you are traveling!  
**Information Provided by Pet Sitters International**

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