With the holiday's in full swing, here are a few tips to make sure your pets stay happy, healthy and safe!
Cat proofing your Christmas tree! With all the sparkle, dangles and smells our cats LOVE of the new temporary addition of our Christmas trees! Their new found love is not always a safe one, the possibility of the tree falling, your furry friend ingesting an ornament, drinking the water you might put additives in for the tree or breaking something near and dear to your heart is not a great way to start the season. There are a few things you can do to help deter your cat(s) from making your tree their new playground!
1) Put unpleasant textures under the tree, such as aluminum foil, sticky surfaces, or the non-slip rug matting.
2) Cover the water your tree sits in so your cat does not start to think it is an additional water bowl.
3) Unplug your lights when not in use. Cats might find chewing on the electrical cords is a fun past time, so make sure they are unplugged when not in use and covered at the lower levels when they are in use.
4) Try to avoid using tinsel (choking hazard), putting up mistletoe, holly and poinsettias which are poisonous to cats (and dogs) when ingested!
5) Try using deterrent smells and sprays if your cat is overly curious as well!
1) If you are giving or getting a puppy for Christmas remember the amount of work it takes and that they do not stay a puppy forever! Be prepared for the amount of energy and training a puppy needs and that they will be around for at least 8-15 years! Having a pet is the most rewarding thing in the world, but it is work and money but if you are prepared and dedicated we can help clear out shelters!
2) Keep those presents safe! Dog's tend to think anything on the floor is theirs to play with and having them destroy your presents while you are at work can be devastating and harmful to your pet! Put up gates or put your pet in a crate to keep them safe and your gifts from being shredded!
3) Look up pet care for the holidays as soon as you can, boarding facilities fill up quickly and reputable house sitters book out way in advance, so make sure you are prepared if your furry friends cannot come with you on your holiday adventures!
Gifts for the pet lover in your life!
1) Gift certificate for dog walking, hiking or pet sitting (wink wink, hint hint)
2) Treats for training (since we know how much our dogs love to learn and that training is a must!)
3) Leashes, treat pouches, dog beds, bones, and busy toys are great additions too!
Hope these tips helped and let us know if you have any tips of your own! Good luck and happy holidays!!