We’re all busy during the holiday season. Buying and wrapping gifts, making cookies, attending and/or hosting parties, making airport runs, keeping the kids busy, and so much more. With so much going on, sometimes pets can fade into the background a bit. Not that we don’t love them less during this busy time, of course, but with so many different things going on, we may not keep close tabs on what they are up to.
Lots of holiday items and traditions can pose dangers to our furry babies. Candles left burning can easily be knocked over by curious cats, for example. Cats and mischievous pups also like to chew on wires, which can lead to electrocution and fire. There are many foods that are not good for dogs and cats. Chocolate is the obvious one, but did you know that artificial sweeteners are poisonous to dogs, as are onions and some plants? Tinsel and curling ribbon, if ingested, can actually lacerate a cat or dog’s intestinal tract or stomach.
In this episode, we discuss these things plus many more that you should be aware of in order to ensure both you and your pets have a safe and happy holiday season.
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Here’s what we mention in this episode:
- Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays
- AKC Resource Guide: Dogs and Holidays
- ASPCA Holiday Pet Tips
- Holiday Pet Safety
Recipes of the Week – Healthy, Homemade Dog Treats
(disclaimer: while all of the recipes listed below are vegetarian and healthy, we have not had the opportunity to test them ourselves)
- Sweet Potato Honey Treats from the At the Fire Hydrant blog
- Best of Breed Dog Biscuits from King Arthur Flour
- Wheat Free Carob Crunchers from Doggie Dessert Chef
Healthy Mind Quote of the Week
New growth comes from new thinking.
— Rich Horwath
[reminder]What special things do you do with/for your pets during the holidays?[/reminder]
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Peace and Veggies,
Vickie and Larissa