Photo: purchased for use from "Life on White: www.lifeonwhite.comWell, Thanksgiving has come and gone but Christmas is just around the corner and many of us have deadlines for shopping, decorating and visiting friends, right? Let's keep in mind that the holiday’s can be stressful for our pet’s as well. New faces and guests can add to that stress. Each time a guest enters your home pets can be exposed to a new level of stress. Some positive, some negative. Some pets are locked away while guests are in their home while others are allowed to roam free. Doors, gates and garages are opened and closed frequently. The opportunity for escape is there! Winter holidays is one of the top seasons of the year that pets are lost. Microchipping your pet can aid in recovery if your pet should escape by accident. Call your Veterinarian today if your pet is not already chipped! Take a peak at some of our recommended East Valley Veterinarians to the right of this page.
Just a couple quick pet safety tips to keep in mind this busy season:
- Please inform your guests not to feed your pet scraps.
- Please do not allow children to harass your pet while visiting. No one wants an unwanted bite this happy season!
- Please keep a routine for your pet if you can.
- Never give your pet chocolate! It can be highly toxic to animals! Chocolate can cause stomach cramps, constipation and diarrhea. It is all too common to see pets with vomiting and diarrhea after a holiday. Some can become seriously ill.
- Never give your pet candy that contains the deadly ingredient Xylitol. (our next article will tell you all about this deadly ingredient found in gum and candy)
Common Dangerous Holiday Paraphernalia:
- Plastic six pack beverage holders
- Electric cords and extensions
- Glass and other tree ornaments
- Ribbons and tinsel
- Rubber bands
- Pine needles. If your pet ingests a pine needle, there is a danger of internal organs being pierced by the needles.
On the Yappy Side…… The Holiday’s can be fun for your pet as well! Just remember to keep in mind the above Safety Tips. If you’d like to do something fun for your pet for the Holiday’s here is a list of some things you can do.
1. Call Furbabies Delectable Delights to order your pet’s very own Holiday Pup Cake or go to Whole Foods, AJ's and Von Hansen's Meat Market and pick up several variety's of his/her very own bag of Furbabies Treats! Http://www.furbabiesdelcatabledelights.com
2. Call one of the Az Pet Professionals to assist you with your pet needs this season! Pet Sitting, dog boarding, dog training, you name it, we've got them for you! Browse through our pet expert categories to the right. We've got the best! Check them out for yourself! Browse through each one and schedule your complimentary Meet and Greet soon with your pet sitter soon! Pet Sitters and boarding fill up quickly! Dog training will be a must for those new pups! Might want to meet one of our great trainers now so you're not scrambling at last minute!
3. Hire a Professional Pet Photographer or artist and schedule a sitting just for your beloved pets! Capture the essence of their soul this beautiful time of year and treasure them forever!
4. No time to scoop poop? Call Pet Butler! Give yourself a treat and let them do the Poop Scooping for the month!
5. Give your pet’s Healthy Treats, such as Green Beans, Carrots and Apples. Yummy!
6. There are many On-Line Retailers that really do give you deals! Many are Free Shipping, hefty discounts from ordering direct from their site and package deals. Take a look at our BLOG where we feature a few of these retailers. Just click the orange Blog picture to the right.
7. Take your dog for some extra walks, make sure he realizes that you haven’t forgotten him during this busy time.
8. Kitties love Cat Condos and play time!! Don’t forget your feline friends need attention during this time too!
9. Lastly, if you have recently lost your beloved friend and are thinking about adopting a new one or if you have been thinking of getting someone you know a new fur friend, please remember that many pets are adopted at this time of the year, but for the wrong reasons!
Many of those pets are returned after the “gift” feeling has gone. If you are serious about adopting a pet then this is the perfect time, but if you are just thinking about doing it because it’s Christmas, maybe you should re-visit the idea after the Holiday’s when you can take the time to research what pet will fit ideally into your family and calculate the important first years costs for your pet so that you can properly budget!
We have a Pet Adoption page to the top right of the front page. Our Photographer, Jill Flynn, features and adoptable pet each week. Please take a look.
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