Holiday homes become pet playgrounds at this time of year. Cats delight in un-decking the halls and climbing the tree. Dogs eat decorations and baptize the tree. The result is a holiday that's anything but merry. My latest Paw Nation article addresses some of the most common holiday safety issues for pets.
Dogs and especially puppies chew nearly anything, including plants. Cats rarely eat plants, but they do claw them and then lick/groom away the residue.
Fireplaces offer extra warmth and atmosphere to holiday gatherings, but can prompt singed whiskers or burned paws.
Gobbling any sort of candy may cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. But some food items can actually kill your pet.
Holiday trees pose additional challenges for pet families. Refer to these tips to keep your pets safe and your holiday happy.
Special thanks once again to all the wonderful folks at Red Room for connecting me with the Paw Nation pet people. I hope all the special pet lovers reading this blog take a moment to pet your cats and dogs for me and have a wonderful holiday.
If you're planning to board your dogs over the holidays, I urge you to keep him safe with proper vaccinations for kennel cough. You can learn more here about this highly contagious disease in my latest puppy-licious article here.
The holidays is an awful time of year to run short of funds for pet care. For those wanting to make a big difference in the lives of needy pet owners--and their pets--perhaps you'd like to donate to a Good Samaritan fund for vet care help. Or maybe you need a little extra help this year. Here's a list of several organizations that will help you with vet bills.
Causes Amy Shojai Supports
Cat Writers Association, Winn Feline Foundation, AKC Canine Health Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)