5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays with Your Pets

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The holidays are finally here and you want every member of the family to enjoy them. Here are some tips to make sure your fur babies have a safe and happy season.

Oh Christmas Tree. Securely anchor the tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to you or your pet. This will also prevent tree water from spilling and tempting any thirsty dogs or cats. Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach—and ditch the tinsel this year, while this shiny, light-catching “toy” seems fun, it can obstruct their digestive tract, which is not so jolly!

Skip the Sweets. We all know not to feed pets chocolate and anything with xylitol, but be sure to keep little noses away from tables and secure lids on all garbage cans. And speaking of food, leave the leftovers! Fatty, spicy dishes and bones should not be shared with your furry friends. Not sure what’s safe for dogs and cats? Read this list from ASPCA of foods to avoid giving your pets. 

Have Pets, Will Travel. From car rides to plane rides, if you are making the trek to see family with your pet, make sure you have a current ID on them, or a microchip, featuring the most up-to-date information. Also, pack their bed to help them relax and feel more comfortable in a new, strange place. 

Fill Their Stockings. Indestructible chew toys, Kongs that can be stuffed with snacks or even chew treats are perfect for pets this holiday season. But if you are looking for some new, fun ideas, check out this must-see list from BuzzFeed.

Plan a Pet-Friendly Party. Encourage guests to interact with your furry family members if they are animal lovers, but also give pets their own quiet space to retreat to with fresh water and a place to snuggle. For a New Year’s Eve gathering, make sure pets have a spot away from the noise because fireworks, horns, bells and whistles can be pretty frightening for their small ears. And if you have an anxious pet, consider boarding them at a place like Let’s Go Canine during the party so you can relax and enjoy the evening—and they can too!