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Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe, Happy and Healthy This Holiday Season!

Posted December 24, 2015

With all the festive preparations going on this holiday season, we wanted to give busy pet parents some important tips to keep their pets healthy and happy!

1. Don’t feed pet chocolate – This yummy human treat is one of the most common reasons for emergency vet visits during the holidays. Even a small amount of chocolate can cause severe gastrointestinal issues and can even be fatal. Instead give your cat or dog a yummy, healthy treat of their very own!

2. Do not feed your cat or dog turkey or chicken bones – Those delicious holiday turkey or chicken bones can be tantalizing for pets, but they can cause severe intestinal issues. Small bones, in particular, can become lodged in your pet’s throat, stomach or intestinal tract. For dogs, you may want to try a yummy dog approved turkey stew of their own, like Caru Stews, which are full of dog-friendly gravy and healthy ingredients.

3. Put holiday plants up where your pet can’t reach them. Holly and mistletoe are very poisonous when ingested. The milky white sap of poinsettias can cause severe gastric distress. If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous plant take them to the vet right away.

4. Keep electrical cords out of the way. More lights mean more cords for kittens and puppies to chew. Make sure all electrical cords are secured away.

5. Be cautious when lighting candles. Do not leave any lit candles unattended. Candles should always be out of reach of your kitten or puppy. Remember it only takes a happy wagging tail or curious paw for candles to become a disaster.

6. Holiday tree preparation – check around the holiday tree frequently for pine needles. If sharp enough and ingested, a pine needle can puncture your pet’s intestines. Also, make sure that your tree is well secured so that a curious kitten or dog cannot knock it down. When it comes to the water in a tree stand, remember that preservatives used in the water can cause gastric upsets, so be sure it is inaccessible to pets. Lastly, pease do not use sugar or aspirin additives in the water.

7. Be cautious with holiday ornaments. Ornaments on the tree should be out of reach of your pet. String ornaments like tinsel and ribbons should be avoided as they can wrap around the intestines or ball up in the stomach if ingested.

8. Help your pet cope with holiday stress. The holidays are an especially busy time with friends, family, and neighbors coming and going. With all the new faces, your pet may become nervous or stressed. Be respectful of your pet’s space and do not force your pet to be social. Be especially vigilant with children as many pets become nervous around kids. You may want to give your pet a natural remedy, like NHV Matricalm, to help calm their nerves.

With a little preparation, you and your pet can have a safe holiday season.

From all of us at NHV Natural Pet Products, we wish you a wonderful holiday season, and a very Happy New Year!

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