Holiday Stress for some pets can include visiting relatives, neighbors and friends. If your pet shows signs of stress when people visit be sure and set up a quiet place where the dog or cat can go to avoid the stress. A comfy bed placed in the corner of a bedroom or laundry room can give much needed respite from holiday stress. If your pet uses a crate, be sure and place it out of the way, and let your guests know that your pet needs "time out" so they do not pester them. Give them plenty of fresh water, food and toys or bones to keep them entertained and don't forget, they still need to be let out!
During the holidays we fill our homes with new and interesting scents, sounds and things, animals are naturally curious and often get into trouble by investigating all these new things. It is a good idea to introduce your pet to the new items(tree, decorations, lights, etc.) while supervising them, this way they can sniff and explore while you are there to stop them from ingesting or chewing or in some cases urinating on the new items. Be extra aware during this time, to pick up wrapping paper, ornaments and hooks and other items that may be easily swallowed by your unsuspecting pets.

Fourth of July Fireworks are often a cause of stress for our pets. If your pet is un-nerved by the noise putting them in a crate or quiet room, where they can avoid the excitement can be very helpful. Give your dog a bone or Kong with filling and cover the crate with a blanket. leave a radio or tv on in the room to help disguise the sounds outdoors. If these options aren't available consider boarding your pet, preferably at a kennel where there is little chance of the offending sounds being nearby.

Things to Remember during the Holidays

Holidays bring lots of stress, both for you and your pets, to help you keep your household in order and avoid any potential problems during this season of joy, I have gathered some important information to help you provide the safest holiday possible.

There are a lot of foods and plants out there that can potentially be hazardous to your pets, during the holiday season keeping these items away from the reach of your pet will reduce the chance of unwanted illness or death. Here are a few things to watch out for:

Recently we have been told to be wary of ACORNS, yes acorns, many dogs find these a crunchy and delicious treat, however they can prove toxic and may cause stomache upset if ingested. To be safe, keep an eye that your pup avoids ingesting these and leave them for the squirrels.

Courtesy of the AKC website www.akc.org

Foods that are harmful to your dog:
May cause vomiting, abdominal pain and/or diarrhea:
Wild cherry
Almond
Apricot
Balsam Pear
Japanese Plum
May cause varied reactions:
Yeast dough
Coffee grounds
Macadamia nuts
Tomato and potato leaves and stems
Avocados
Onions and onion powder
Grapes
Raisins
Chocolate
Pear and peach kernels
Mushrooms (if also toxic to humans)
Rhubarb
Spinach
Alcohol

Common household items that are
harmful to your dog:
Acetaminophen
Antifreeze and other car fluids
Bleach and cleaning fluids
Boric acid
Deodorants
Deodorizers
Detergents
De-icing salts
Disinfectants
Drain cleaners
Furniture polish
Gasoline
Hair colorings
Weed killers
Insecticides
Kerosene
Matches
Mothballs
Nail polish and remover
Paint
Prescription and
non-prescription medicine
Rat poison
Rubbing alcohol
Shoe polish
Sleeping pills
Snail or slug bait
Turpentine
Windshield-wiper fluid

Symptoms of possible poisoning:
vomiting, diarrhea, difficult breathing, abnormal urine (color,aroma or odor, frequency, etc.), salivation, weakness. If your dog should ingest harmful chemicals,contact a veterinarian or poison control center immediately.


Potentially Hazardous Plants:

Courtesy of AKC.org

May cause vomiting and diarrhea:
Castor bean
Soap berry
Ground Cherry
Skunk Cabbage
Daffodil
Delphinium
Foxglove
Larkspur
Indian Tobacco
Indian Turnip
Poke weed
Bittersweet woody
Wisteria

May cause vomiting, abdominal pain
and/or diarrhea:
Almond
Apricot
Wild Cherry
Balsam Pear
Japanese Plum
Bird of Paradise bush
Horse Chestnut (Buckeye)
English Holly
Black Locust
Mock Orange
Privet
Rain Tree (Monkey Pod)
American Yew
English Yew
Western Yew

May cause varied reactions:
Azalea
Philodendron
Hydrangea
Kalanchoe
Lilies
Mescal bean
Mushrooms (if also toxic to
humans)
Sunburned potatoes
Rhubarb
Spinach
Tomato vine
Buttercup
Dologeton
Poison Hemlock
Water Hemlock
Jasmine
Loco weed
Lupine
Matrimony Vine
May Apple
Moonseed
Nightshade
Angel’s Trumpet

May act as hallucinogens:
Marijuana
Morning Glory
Nutmeg
Perriwinkle
Peyote

May cause convulsions:
China berry
Coriaria
Moonweed
Nux vomica
Water Hemlock