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Keep your furry friends safe during the holidays

Holidays are a great time to sit back and relax with your family and friends. It also can be a stressful and dangerous time for your pets. This holiday, remember the health and wellness of your favorite furry family members and keep them safe from the holiday hazards. Here are a few tips that you might want to consider. Pets and your Guests Some pets might not adjust to the extra hustle and bustle of having a room full of people in their familiar surroundings. If you think Buddy can't handle the crowd, designate a quiet area in another room for them and make sure he has his favorite bedding or treats available. Check on him regularly to make sure he's handling his temporary isolation without being stressed. If you have a free roaming pet, be aware of the front door. Some pets might not be able to resist the temptation to run out the front door when your guests arrive. Make sure they have their collars with their name tags just in case Fluffy decides to make a break for the great outdoors. Holiday Decorations Christmas trees are beautiful reminders of the holiday season, but they can be deadly for your pet. Some pets will want to climb the tree, which could cause it to fall over and hurt your pet, not to mention the dirty water stains on your carpet. Make sure your tree is well secured to avoid accidents. Consider putting your ornaments and strands of lights a few feet higher so Shadow will not be tempted to play with all the shiny hanging objects. Glass ornaments could injure your pet if they break. Avoid Lucky's electrocution and secure your strands of light within the branches. Don't let them hang loosely and consider putting a cord protector from the wall outlet to the tree. Holiday Plants Common house plants can be toxic to your pet if ingested and can sometimes be fatal. Place your plants in an area that Tiger can't get to. Poinsettias, mistletoe, holly and pine needles are all toxic and could cause vomiting, diarrhea and intestinal problems. The Feast Don't let Bandit guilt you into giving him turkey just because he's staring at you with that precious face. Foods that are not on your pet's daily meal plan can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea and vomiting. Some ingredients can even be fatal to Fido such as chocolate, nuts and alcohol. Try to stick with their regular meal plan so your festivities are not interrupted by an unplanned trip to the vet. This holiday, follow these few tips and every family member, fuzzy or not,  will have a safe and relaxing holiday. Happy Holidays!
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