How to keep your pets happy and safe during the holidays

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays what is one of the most important things we can do to keep our pets calm and relaxed?

 A consistent schedule. You may be running around from party to party but you still need to see to your dogs needs.  Plan when he will get his exercise. And definitely plan ahead about logistics- are you traveling with your pet or boarding him?  Plan now!  If hes not used to staying at a pet retreat, a one night stay before your trip can really help him feel more comfortable.

Is it ok to give my dog some extra treats during the holidays?

 I never recommend feeding your dog extra food, but people tend to want to spoil their dogs around the holidays.  Look for other, healthier, ways to spoil your dog.  Im a fan of the Bark Box (www.barkbox.com) where your dog receives a care package in the mail each month- a gift that keeps on giving!

 Is there anything pet owners should be mindful of when decorating during the holidays?

 Be aware of ivy, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants that are toxic if dogs eat them.  Tether your holiday tree so it doesnt get knocked over (speaking from experience!).  Put the larger ornaments on the bottom of the tree and cherished ones up top.  Train your dog to stay away from your tree. We sell a product on our website that will help.

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