1-2-3 Stress-Free Holiday Tips

1-2-3 Stress-Free Holiday Tips

The upcoming holidays can be a stressful time, both for you and your pet. Here are some simple tips to reduce frustrations so you can both enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season.

Trimming the Tree

  1. Skip the tinsel. Pets, especially cats, will eat tinsel that can block the digestive system.
  2. Unplug the lights when not at home. Pets can get burned, shocked or even start a fire by chewing on them.
  3. Don’t drink the water. The water for a live tree can be a source of toxic fertilizer.

Decking the Halls

  1. Poinsettias are mildly poisonous and may cause an upset stomach or rash.
  2. Holly can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  3. Mistletoe can cause an upset stomach or even seizures.

Pet-Friendly Treats

  1. Keep pet-friendly treats on hand. Fatty, rich foods can lead to pancreatitis.
  2. Many holiday candies and cookies contain chocolate that can make pets very sick.
  3. Make sure garbage cans are out of reach. Bones from your feasts can be a choking hazard.

Holiday Visitors

  1. Fido, meet Aunt Fran. Plan ahead how you will introduce family and friends to your pets.
  2. Stranger danger! Each ring of the doorbell can seem like a home invasion for your pets.
  3. Making room for company. Moving furniture, pet beds and toys can be very unsettling.

Traveling with Pets

  1. If your pet is traveling with you, it’s important to keep them comfortable and safe.
  2. Pet carriers, safety auto harnesses and boosters are great ways to protect pets.
  3. Coastal’s Bergan® travel solutions reduce distractions and keep pets comfortable.

Pets as Gifts - Why It's Best to Wait

  1. The hectic holidays may be too much for a puppy or kitten and may even have a lifelong effect on them.
  2. Avoid the "new toy" syndrome that a pet is to be played with and then ignored when the excitement is over.
  3. Successful housetraining needs a regular schedule, and most of us cannot provide this needed routine during the busy holidays.