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Pacho’s Guide to Keeping Pets Safe & Happy During the Holidays.

Woof, my furry and not-so-furry friends! It's your trusty pal, Pacho, and today, I've got some pawsitively important tips to share as we roll into the holiday season. With November now in swing, our homes are about to (or probably already have) transform into cozy havens of celebration. But, it's also the time when we need to look out for our fur babies - both the wagging and purring kinds. Here's how to make sure your pets have a safe and delightful holiday season.

Fall into Safety

As the leaves start to tumble and pumpkins grace our homes, it's important to keep an eye out for potential hazards. You see, curiosity is a big part of our nature, and sometimes, it can get us into trouble. Here's what you need to watch out for:

Decorative Plants:  Fall brings some beautiful blooms, like mums, but some of them can be a little toxic to us. Keep them out of our reach so we don't get any plant-related tummy aches.
Pumpkin Decorations: Those carved pumpkins are cool, no doubt about it, but they can be a choking hazard if we decide to take a nibble. So, watch out for those pumpkin pieces!
Falling Leaves: The autumn leaves are like nature's confetti, but sometimes they hide little surprises, like insects or chemicals. Keep an eye on us when we're out and about.


How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving, the time for turkey, stuffing, and all the deliciousness. But for us pets, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here's how you can make it a tail-wagging experience for us and keep us safe:

Turkey Time: Turkey is yummy, but some parts, like bones and skin, can be hazardous. So, share the love, but keep these bits out of our reach.
Pet-Friendly Treats: Treats made especially for us are the way to go. If you want to spoil us during the feast, keep some pet-friendly goodies on hand.
Quiet Spaces: Sometimes, all the noise and bustle can stress us out. Create a quiet space where we can escape the commotion.


Holiday Decorations - Furry Friend Style

Now, I know you humans love your holiday decorations. They're pretty and all, but sometimes they can be a little too tempting for us. Let me break it down:

Christmas Trees: Oh, the twinkling lights and shiny ornaments! Make sure the tree is well-secured so it doesn't topple over if we decide to investigate.
Ornament Alert: Those baubles hanging from the tree might look like toys, but they're not. Broken ornaments can lead to injuries, so watch us around the tree.
Tinsel Trouble: Tinsel is like a cat's dream toy, but it's not safe. If ingested, it can cause serious issues, so keep it out of our reach.
Poinsettia Poisoning: Did you know that poinsettias, those vibrant red and green plants, can be toxic to our feline friends? Keep them out of their nibbling zone and opt for safer decorations.


Holiday Adventures with Your Pet

During the holiday season, you've got some time off, and we're hoping you'll spend it with us! Here are some fun holiday activities for you and your fur babies:

Pet-Friendly Outings: Many places welcome well-behaved pets. Take us on pet-friendly outings to enjoy the holiday spirit together.
Gifts for Pets: Don't forget to include us in the gift-giving. A new toy or cozy bed will make us feel extra loved.
Holiday Photos: Capture the festive spirit with a holiday-themed pet photoshoot. Share those adorable pics with friends and family.

Emergency Contacts

Lastly, but most importantly, let's talk about safety. If an emergency ever arises, you'll want to be prepared. Bookmark the following important links:

For Boarding: If you're planning a holiday getaway and need a safe place for us, check outSODO Veterinary Hospital's boarding services.

For Emergencies:  Contact the Veterinary Emergency Clinic (VEC) at 407-644-4449. 

 For any poisoning concerns, including accidental ingestions, you can reach out to the Florida Poison Control Center.

And there you have it, my friends! With these tips, you can ensure that your furry family members have a safe and joyful holiday season. Until next time, keep those tails wagging and those whiskers twitching. Woof out! 🐾