How To Make The Holidays Safer For Your Pets

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I love the holidays and my pets generally love them too. My cats like to climb my Christmas tree, the dogs like to convince unsuspecting guests that they’re starving, and both enjoy sniffing out the gifts under the tree. Unfortunately the holidays can also be dangerous and stressful for some pets. I’m sharing a few tips today to make the holidays safer for your pets.

Make The Holidays Safer For Your Pets

It might be funny to see your pet peering out from inside your Christmas tree, but it isn’t very funny to watch them turn the tree over. Last year our cats turned our tree over at least once. Luckily none was hurt, but they could have easily been injured. Christmas trees and other holiday decorations need to be well secured so that they aren’t easily turned over. You might also consider putting decorations in an area that isn’t regularly accessed by your pets.

Make The Holidays Safer For Your Pets

Tucker is our resident door greeter.

Make The Holidays Safer For Your Pets

You should also consider the type of ornaments and decorations that you use. I had a dog once that had a taste for glass balls. She couldn’t resist grabbing them, many years ago she busted a ball and proceeded to eat the glass. The entire ordeal was a nightmare that required a vet visit (she was ok) and me removing all glass ornaments from our tree.

In the opinion of our cats, this stocking covered sled was made for climbing;  it wasn’t long before I had to move the stockings to a location inaccessible to our cats.

Make The Holidays Safer For Your Pets

Since we’re discussing things your pets might eat, lets discuss table scraps. There can be an abundance of food during the holidays, but you should resist the urge to feed your pets anything off the table. Feeding a high quality food such as Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Adult Dog Food or Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Cat Food. Both foods provides all of the nutritional benefits and none of the horrible side effects that table scraps can cause. If you’re feel like your pet is being “left out” during a holiday meal, you could try picking up some canned food to offer as a treat. Kitty and Matilda both “thought” this Purina Pro Plan Savor Turkey and Vegetables Entree made the perfect holiday meal. The dry formal has a crunchy kibble and shredded pieces that create a texture that most dogs enjoy. Purina Pro Plan Savor is available in a wide variety of wet and dry formulas. You can visit Purina University at this link and find the formula that is best for your pet using this link. It’s best to do a little research and find that food that best meets your pets needs.

Make The Holidays Safer For Your Pets

Leo was investigating the bag to ensure I hadn’t brought another dog into the house.

Make The Holidays Safer For Your Pets

My pets give the phrase “pot luck” a whole new meaning.

You also need to ensure that any house guests or visitors know what your pets are allowed to eat. All of the animals in my house are natural beggars. Kitty Dog has been known to leave piles of drool at your feet in an attempt to convince you that she’s starving. It’s very easy for a pet to convince someone new to bend the rules. This is especially important with certain pets who might suffer from complications from pancreatitis or diabetes. My sister in law has dog that suffers from diabetes and gets pancreatitis any time he is fed (or steals) human food which requires immediate medical treatment and intervention.

The same principles apply when informing house guests and visitors about other household rules. If you don’t allow pets on household furniture or the bed, make sure that your visitors know. When my grandmother or aunt visits, all of the animals in our house get spoiled. They’ll often sneak into bed to snuggle, when they aren’t allowed to be on the bed.

Who said I can’t get on the bed? 

Make The Holidays Safer For Your Pets

Always create a safe space for pets to go when they need a little quiet time of their own. My pets generally like visitors, but even the most sociable pets need a break from holiday chaos. I have several young nieces, nephews and cousins, which can make our house very noisy when they visit. It’s important to ensure that pets aren’t overwhelmed by guests, which can lead to unpleasant behaviors. Putting crates, bedding, toys, a litter box, etc., in a quiet space will give them a familiar place to retreat to.

It’s always a good idea to swing by your local PetSmart store and pick up plenty pet supplies ahead of the holidays. They have a wide selection of Purina products along with great options for new bedding, crates and toys.

There’s a few valuable in store offers from PetSmart running from 10/30/17 through 12/3/17

  • Pro Plan dry dog food 47lb-50lb bags – $49.99
  • Pro Plan wet dog food 12ct Variety Packs – Save $4
  • Pro Plan dry cat food 5.5-7lb bags – Save $2

If you use Shopkick they also have a promotion that runs through 11/30/17. You can earn 10 kicks by watching an educational video and earn 50 kicks for scanning the barcode on select Purina Pro Plan cat food, dog food or treats product. You can also earn 200 kicks for purchasing select Purina Pro Plan products and submitting your receipt.

My final piece of advice is to reiterate to guests that your house is your pets home. It’s fun to have company and spend time with family and friends, but ultimately your pets live there day to day. It’s easier to explain to guests ahead of time that “Fluffy” and “Spot” both shed a little and occasionally drool, and tell them you’ll gladly leave a lint roller on the nightstand for them to use. It’s much easier to have conversations about pets ahead of a visit, instead of an ill placed remark causing hurt feelings

We’ll see how long this red bird lasts in my holiday decorations. I give it a week before one of my cats discovers the lovely little bird.

 

Do you have any great tips to share that could help make the holidays safer on your pets? If so, send me an email or leave me a comment, and I’d love to add them to the list with credit to you. I also hope you’ll check out all the deals available for Purina products exclusively at your local PetSmart.

 

 

 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Jenna Wood 10/11/2017 at 8:42 pm

    We’ve downgraded our tree through the years, on account of the cat and safety. My grandmother used to put giant gates up around hers because her large dogs an cats would play around in it! #client

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