Holiday Safety and Pet's

Like many of you out there, I absolutely adore my “pets,” otherwise known as the girl’s, my kiddos, the pupperonies, etc. (I think you get the point).  I absolutely love my dogs, Daisy and Pansi (below is a picture because I know you needed a visual if you haven’t already seen them).

With the holidays, there is a lot going on such as holiday decorations, Christmas tree, gifts, parties, various foods and drinks.  I think it is important to talk about keeping our pets safe.

If you have recently moved, you may want to make sure that the information on your pet’s collars is up to date.  The other item that people often forget, is that you need to make sure their microchip information is up to date with the correct name, address, and phone number.  With people visiting, you certainly want to make sure everything is current in case your pet decides to go on an unwanted outdoor adventure.  This is also important if you are leaving your pet with someone else.  I make sure to always provide our pet sitter with our vet information, microchip information, as well as all instructions for Daisy and Pansi on medications and treats.

Make sure that your pet is unable to reach any lights, tinsel, ornaments, or pine needles from the tree.  These items can cause health and safety issues if chewed on or ingested.  Certain plants, such as holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias can be poisonous to pets as well.  Make sure to be careful that pets cannot knock over burning candles.  And of course, make sure they do not eat any gift wrap either.  It can be tough work to avoid some of these, but the last thing you want is your pet to become ill or another bill this holiday season.

Of course, with all the extra holiday food, it can be difficult to keep pets from begging and looking for a treat.  Just a friendly reminder, but as most of you know, it is important to keep chocolate, sweets, onions, raisons, and grapes away.  Turkey and turkey skin, certain table scraps, and yeast dough can cause illness too. 

Make time during the holidays to show your pets how special they are!  Santa is making sure to make an extra stop at our house for the good little pups!  Have a safe and healthy holiday!


Information obtained on 12/6/17 from: and

Amanda Brant

Amanda Brant

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