The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone, including our pets. They may get thrown a bit out of whack by our comings and goings over the holiday season, the countless shopping bags we bring into the house, the candles we may light and even by the tree we may put up.
In fact, our dog, Nash, recently tore apart the bottom third of our Christmas tree, stripping what he could reach of ornaments. Thinking they were toys, he chewed on some but was more interested in detaching as many ornaments from their hooks as he could, and ingesting those.
Two vet visits, three X-rays and the procedure to get the hooks out of Nash’s stomach later, our beloved dog is back to normal while our wallet is a bit lighter. And we were lucky; this entire endeavor could have cost us much more, and Nash could have been much more worse for the wear.
So, with the help our veterinarian, I thought I’d provide some ways to make the holiday season easier on our pets and thus, easier on us.
If you are going to decorate your home for the holidays, here are some things to to think about:
If you are planning on entertaining over the holidays, here are a couple of additional tips to keep in mind:
I would like to thank Rockford Road Animal Hospital for providing these wonderful tips. And, if you think your pet has ingested something that is making them sick, be sure to call your vet, or you can call one of the following phone numbers:
My hope is you don’t have to use any of these numbers any time soon, and that your entire family has a happy and healthy holiday!