5 Simple Steps to Keeping Your Pet Healthy for the Holidays
TO KEEPING PETS HEALTHY
FOR THE HOLIDAYS
While your beloved pooch doesn’t
have to worry about fitting into a
holiday dress, high-calorie noshing
can be as bad for her figure as it is
for yours. Veterinary nutritionist Dr.
Dottie Laflamme also notes that
feeding from the table can promote
unwanted begging behavior.
Avoid festive touches like tinsel and liquid
potpouri around cats — they can seriously
HOLIDAYS CAN BE TOXIC FOR PETS.
Chocolate poisoning is one of the
most common holiday accidents,
says veterinary critical care
specialist and toxicologist Dr.
Meanwhile, raisins, grapes,
unbaked yeast dough and
alcohol are other food hazards.
Patricia Payne notes
predicted, so year-
round prevention is
DON’T TAKE A HOLIDAY BREAK FROM
Pet boredom can lead to
behavior issues such as
chewing items or barking at
Veterinary behaviorist Dr.
recommends pet gifts like food
puzzles and toys to provide
both physical and mental
AVOID PET BOREDOM!
TRAVEL SAFELY WITH PETS
If flying, learn your airline’s requirements.
If driving, plan ahead and take pet food, travel bowls,
favorite toys and a familiar blanket. Veterinarian Dr.
Robert Stannard also cautions against overfeeding
during travel, as pets can get carsick.