Fun & SAFE Ways To Interact with Your Pets During the Holidays
With the holidays comes fun, work, play, presents, giving, food and more food, and of course friends and family time! What better way to show your love for your fur baby then by showing them how to howl-i-day the right way!
Let The Fun Begin:
- Dress them up: OK, so maybe they won’t like it as much as you—but how about “turkey-dog” or “kitty-Christmas-tree”… DIY turkey costume
- Dog and Cat Friendly Activities: Watch the Football game or Thanksgiving Day parade and let those fur babies cuddle and warm up with you! Light a fire (if you live in an area that warrants it) and let them enjoy the atmosphere! Take that doggie outside and throw a Frisbee or football around–great exercise!
- Tasty goodies: Here we are again, back at the kitchen table and stove! Food plays a role in everyone’s holidays! Cook it up, let your pets help even, and make some dishes to share with your sweet fur baby–Let’s Cook For Our Pets.
- Toys to keep them busy, of course your Pet Treater subscription will help with that. We also have a few neat holiday toy ideas for you below.
Whatever traditions you have for the holidays, keep it safe for your fur babies:
- Foods-Some of our traditional favorites are super dangerous for our pets: According to PetsBest.com, WHAT FOODS ARE TOXIC TO DOGS AND CATS?, these 6 food items are not on the safe to eat list: Stuffing, Ham, Turkey Bones, Mashed Potatoes, Salads with grapes/raisins, and chocolate desserts.
- Oh Christmas Tree and all the bells and whistles: Keep the tree secured down to prevent following over if tugged and pulled on.
- Avoid Mistletoe and Holly: “Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems“.
- We know Tinsel is almost passe, but if you still use it, be careful of the kitties, they love the shinny stuff and it is super harmful to them, up to surgery to get it removed.
- Ornaments and wires: Keep them out of paws reach….as with your small child, remember that your pets are curious, playful and it can lead to dangers.
For more info on how to have a safe and merry holiday season, we looked to ASPCA.org and their Holiday Safety Tips.
Any food allergies or unknowns in that department, always contact your pet’s vet. If there is an emergency in the home with poison and your pet, contact ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435.
Have an amazing holiday season and we look forward to treating you for the rest of 2019!
With many thankful purrs and barks,