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Tips to keep your pet safe during the holidays

Looking for some advice and tips on how to keep your pets safe during the holidays? Read below to learn more.

Christmas Trees – Make sure you securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip over and injure your pet. This can also prevent the tree water from spilling and your pet drinking the water. The water can end up making your pet sick. It could contain fertilizers, or even bacteria that can give you pet diarrhea.

Mistletoe and Holly- Holly when eaten by your pet can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Me can Mistletoe can also cause gastrointestinal upset and even cardiovascular problems. It is best to opt for artificial plants made from silk or plastic. If you must have the real thing, make sure you keep them out of the reach of your pets.

Tinsel – Kittens and Cats love playing with sparkley tinsel. But playing with tinsel can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, vomiting, dehydration, and even surgery.

Christmas Lights and Candles – Unattended lights can burn pets. It is best to keep a watchful eye if you have lights lit in your home. Candles are something that should also be watched carefully. Pets can accidently knock them over causing a fire.

Wires – With all the wires that are put up during the holidays they can provide a new thing for pets to be curious about. In their investigating they could easily bite or chew threw the wires causing them to get shocked or even killed. Wires can also cause less severe injuries like wounds in their mouth or paws.

Holiday foods and Candy – The holiday usually bring with it a large amount of candy and food . Pets should never eat any human candy or sweets. The sweetener xylitol can be lethal to pets. Make sure those end tables with bowls of candy are out of the reach of your pets.

Alcohol – If your holiday plans include adult beverages, make sure to place any unattended drinks out of reach of your pets. Pets can die from drinking alcohol.

These are just a few tips to help keep your pets safe during the holidays. This should help make sure both you and your pet have an enjoyable and stress free holiday.

If you have any questions about the do’s and don’ts for your pet during the holidays, please contact us and we would be glad to help.

December- The Standard Poodle

History of the Breed:  poodle free


The Standard Poodle originated in Germany and was first used a water retrieving dog.  The fancy haircut that we typically associate with poodles was actually meant to be functional, not stylish.  The fur is cut short to facilitate movement through the water, but left longer over joints and areas of the body that are meant to stay warmer.  


Poodles tend to be good natured and intelligent dogs.  They especially make great pets for owners that are interested in obedience and agility traiing.  


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Addison's Disease


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