Can you believe Christmas is just a few days away? If you are like most households around the country you are probably scrambling to get the shopping done, prepping the house for out of town guests, having friends and neighbors over for a fun party or two, and trying to enjoy yourself above the hectic atmosphere of the week. While we are usually able to deal with the excitement, and sometimes anxiety, of the next couple weeks fairly well, don’t forget that our pets can pick up on everything going on around us.
During this time of year we fill our pets’ environments with all sorts of weird sights, sounds and smells. What may just look like a beautifully decorated Christmas tree to us may look like a tempting playground to the family cat. And all those colorful presents under the temporary playground? Well those are new tear up toys we’ve given to our dogs, and right at their level. All the yummy smells coming from the kitchen? How are even the most well behaved pets expected to resist? We’re the ones who have bombarded our pets with holiday temptations, so it isn’t fair to them to get upset if the cat bops around a bulb or the dog opens a gift a bit early.
It is important to include our pets in our holiday celebrations, just remember that with our fun comes more opportunities, unintentional of course, for our pets to experience some holiday bah humbugs. Just like in the workplace, think Safety First.
Here are some tips I’ve used and have come across to help make your pets’ holiday just as enjoyable as yours: Continue Reading »