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Happy Howlidays!!

A dog with its head inside a Christmas stocking

It’s the holiday season again, and we wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Holidays!! One gift we would like to share with all of you is simply: keeping your pups and other pets safe and happy. These are things we are sure everyone knows but sometimes in all the hustle and bustle of the season, things can get overlooked. So as you’re going around and fixing up your home for the holidays, try and look at things from your pet’s perspective. Get down on your hands and knees and really look. Just make sure no one else sees you. They’ll think you were looking for hidden presents.

Let’s start with the tree, by making sure there are no electrical cords that could make a quick snack. You might want to keep decorations off the low lying branches as they can become “toys” for your pup and may potentially be a chocking hazard. As a general rule, we stay away from tinsel because no one can resist the delicious twinkle it gives. Also, be careful about decorations that are food products, like popcorn, cranberries, and gingerbread ornaments. Keep your tree properly hydrated so that the needles do not dry out too much and become dangerous little daggers, and the needles that do fall, make sure to pick them up as soon as you can so someone does not develop an appetite for forestry.

Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia’s can be dangerous for dogs as well, so if you decorate using these plants, just keep them out of harms way.

All the treats and toys around this holiday season is enough to put your pup in stimulus overload. Don’t give too many people treats to the dog, as they are not designed to handle the rich foods we love so much. Chocolate is a danger. The darker the chocolate, the more the danger, so don’t leave your gelt just lying around after you’ve been playing with your dreidel. And speaking of toys, make sure toys that have small pieces stay out of the idle mouths of pups.

So after the holidays are over and the presents are bestowed to the ones you love, including your pups, make sure you collect all the wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and string, because these things can add up to one heck of intestinal blockage.

We wish everyone a very Happy and Safe Holiday Season!!

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