Pet Safety Tips During Christmastime

Whether he’s dozing on the floor in that perfect, warm sunbeam or surveying the kitchen happenings from his perch atop the refrigerator, your pet feels like he knows the lay of the land around your house. But around Christmas, your home transforms before his very eyes (and nose), with extra food, savory smells, new people, and shiny playthings… all for his enjoyment, right? Your pet will be on investigative patrol before long, so keep him safe with these Christmas pet safety tips from Pet Education and the ASPCA.

Tannenbaum Temptations

Festooned with reflective ornaments and strands of light, the Christmas tree will surely captivate your curious pet. After all, it looks just like a tree full of pet toys! Unfortunately, those pretty trimmings can be hazardous for pets. First and foremost, anchor the tree to prevent it from falling and causing injury to your pet. Leave the tinsel off the tree, so nibbling kitties don’t swallow it, which can lead to blockages and possible surgery. Keep tempting glass ornaments away from your playful pet, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking and causing lacerations. Always keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t chew needles, gnaw light strands, or drink the tree water.

The Pet Who Stole Food Scraps

Your pet’s doleful eyes and whimpers can be difficult to resist, but don’t give in! Many people foods can cause an upset stomach or more serious problems for your pet. Keep the non-pet food away from him, especially chocolate, artificially sweetened treats, alcohol, uncooked meat, bones, grapes, raisins, and dough. Reduce temptation, and feed your pet before the party, dispose of leftovers right away, and properly secure garbage containers.

Skip the Boughs and Blossoms

Scratch some of the live greenery off your decorating list this year in the name of pet safety. Many plants associated with Christmas can cause stomach upset (or worse) for your pets. The seasonal plant offenders include holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and some lilies.

Not Everything on Their List

After all the times he greeted you at the door or turned your mood around, your pet surely belongs on the “nice list” this year. Be careful when selecting stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts, however. You dog would like nothing more than to tear apart a bunch of cute stuffies, but treat him to some chew toys instead – nothing that can be swallowed. Likewise, keep long strings and loose parts away from your frisky cat.

Winter Getaway

If you’re expecting a lot of guests, create a quiet space for your pet where he can retreat to if needed. Make sure to supply food and water so he’s comfortable. Install a pet gate if you’re worried that he’ll become upset or turn aggressive. Even pets that love attention may need an obedience training refresher course. Let guests know beforehand that you have a pet, in case allergies are a concern.

Indoor/Outdoor Pet Accent Rugs from Liora Manne

How do your pets welcome you home? Does your dog bound toward the door as soon as he hears your key? Does your cat slink around your legs, purring her own version of “Welcome home”? If you love to be greeted by your furry friend each time you walk through the door, you’ll be happy to add these pet-themed accent rugs to your home. Designed by Liora Manne, these hand-tufted accent rugs may be used indoors or outdoors year round. Cute rugs from the Front Porch Collection are UV-stabilized to minimize fading and are naturally insect- and mildew-resistant.

An adorable Kitty Cat sits beside a paned window in this rug. The design also features a cardinal and a nighttime winter scene.

Kitty Cat Accent Rug Gray

Pet lovers with a fondness for retro decor will adore the Camping Trip Rug and the Camping Dog Rug. These lighthearted rugs feature adventurous pups who have hit the road for some fun.

Camping Trip Accent Rug Red Camping Dog Accent Rug Green

Your dog’s joyful tail wagging is mimicked on the Woof Rug. Colors include green, off-white, and black.

Woof Accent Rug Green

Kitten or Puppy Doorstop Draft Guards

When the chilly fall wind comes a-whistling, how will you protect your house against it? Cuddled up next to you on the sofa or bed, your pet might be keeping you toastier than usual – but he or she doesn’t have much insulating power against pesky door drafts. That’s where these adorable doorstop draft guards come in!

Why choose a boring draft guard when you could be displaying these adorable balls of fur instead? Each jacquard-stitched accent features a row of kittens or puppies above a plaid border. Simply place this accent in front of any door that is prone to drafts. If you’re in a warmer climate, display these cuties wherever you like as jumbo decorative pillows instead of using them as draft blockers. Each doorstop draft guard has a zippered cover that is machine washable; be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when laundering.

Kittens in a Row Doorstop Draft Guard Linen Puppies in a Row Doorstop Draft Guard Linen

Clothtique Santa Figurines: Holiday Collectibles for Pet Lovers

No matter how busy Santa gets, the big-hearted fellow always has time to spend with his animal friends. After all, the elves can handle the toy-making tasks for awhile, right? These intricate Clothtique™ figurines from Possible Dreams® offer a glimpse into the Jolly Old Elf’s life away from the toy shop. Designed by Ann Dezendorf, these collectible figurines feature Santa in a handcrafted Clothtique™ costume that is stiffened to add realism. Handpainted resin details will tempt you to take a closer look and will make these figurines a cherished part of your holiday decor. These collectibles will also delight the pet lover on your list with their charming scenes.

Some little boy or girl is going to be very happy with The Purr-fect Gift of a cute kitten – if Santa can coax one of them out of his warm hat, that is! Santa has filled the stocking with candy canes for the child and a ball of yarn for the kitten to bat at or scamper after. Santa is certainly attired for the season, dressed in his traditional red pants and suspenders and a joyful, patterned holiday shirt. Three sweet kittens cuddle together in his cozy hat, which rests inside a gift box.

The Purrfect Gift Clothtique Santa Red Set of Two

Santa has braved all sorts of inclement winter weather, so he’s not afraid to spend some time in The Great Outdoors. He’s without his reindeer team this time, but he does have a compass and his faithful Black Lab at his side. When it’s time to rest, Santa can dip into his lunch basket for some nourishment. Santa has traded his characteristic red coat for a brown jacket. His canine friend has on a green jacket to keep him warm on their nature trek.

The Great Outdoors Clothtique Santa Brown Set of Two

Visions of sugar-plums must have danced in his head, for Santa is now wide awake and hungry for a midnight snack. In Santa’s arm is a large bowl with cherry-topped ice cream and “Sprinkles” to satisfy his sweet tooth. The belted dessert bowl is more dressed up than Santa tonight! “Kris” is looking quite festive in his peppermint-striped pajamas and matching nightcap, plus some striped socks. A black and white cat at his feet brushes against his leg and looks up at Santa hopefully. Since Santa has a dairy craving, maybe he’ll remember to treat the kitty to a saucer of milk.

Sprinkles Clothtique Santa Red

 

Santa has a lot of deliveries to make, but none as adorable as the Hush Puppies. Decked out in hats and ribbons, these cute pups are ready to be scooped up Christmas morning by happy children. These puppies will soon be romping around the living room or nosing wrapped presents, but for now they’re tucked safely inside Santa’s delivery bag. The black pup in Santa’s hand is eager to meet his new best friend.

Hush Puppies Clothtique Santa Red

Pet Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

As the calendar days creep toward Halloween, you’re making plans for the most fabulous Fright Night yet. Your favorite furry pal has surely been curious, watching you lug in oversized bags of candy and unearth spooky decorations. This holiday shouldn’t be scary for your pet, though, so take note of these Halloween pet safety tips from PetMD and the ASPCA.

Sweet Enough As Is

Your beloved pet is plenty sweet enough on his own – so keep all Halloween candy away from him. All forms of chocolate, as well as candies with artificial sweeteners, can be dangerous for pets.

Not My Style

Your pet might be a camera darling in her new costume, but her comfort should trump cuteness. Test her costume out on her before Halloween, and forgo the new threads if she seems uncomfortable or distressed. Also make sure that her costume doesn’t restrict movement or breathing. Avoid small adornments that could be chewed off and choked on.

Double, Double, Door Trouble

If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters, consider keeping your pet in a separate room away from the front door. You don’t want to stress your pet with all the commotion or give him a reason to turn territorial. You’ll also want to keep him from darting outside on what could be a chaotic night for pets.

It’s the Not-So-Great Pumpkin

Those lit jack-o’-lanterns certainly have a pretty glow, but exercise caution if you use candles. Pets could get too close and burn themselves or knock over the pumpkin display. And on the topic of pumpkins, make sure your pet doesn’t ingest them, at the risk of tummy trouble.

The Name Game

With the proper care, this should be a happy Halloween for you and your pet. To be on the safe side, however, make sure your pet has an up-to-date ID tag and/or microchip.

Halloween2014

Monogrammed Pet Christmas Stockings

October kicks off the holiday season, and though Christmas seems far away, before long you’ll be flipping the calender page to December. On St. Nick’s Day or on Christmas morning (if you’ve been good), you can enjoy all sorts of goodies from your holiday stocking. But what about your pet? Will he be resting his jowls on his paws, wondering if any of the treats are meant for his teeth? Will she be flicking her tail expectantly, watching with alert eyes as you pull out your holiday bounty? The Monogrammed Pet Stockings will ensure that your furry pal isn’t left out of the holiday merriment.

Don’t let your pet get neglected in the holiday hubbub, and remember to show him plenty of TLC – lots of pats and belly rubs, plus a cute stocking loaded with your pet toys, treats, and grooming essentials. The Woof Dog Christmas Stocking has a pup in seasonal attire, holding a bone; the Meow Cat Christmas Stocking features a striped kitty with a present. Each red pet stocking has a loop for hanging and a white cuff that is ready and waiting to be monogrammed with your pal’s name. These pet stockings are a clever way to treat your furry friends, but they also make great gifts for the fellow pet lovers in your life. They’ll be happy that you included their beloved dogs or cats in the seasonal gift-giving!

Meow Cat Christmas Stocking RedWoof Dog Christmas Stocking Red

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the U.S.

What sort of dog has stolen your heart? Is it the Golden Retriever, with its boundless enthusiasm and happy, winning expressions? Or is it a tiny teacup pup, looking adorable whether it’s posing for a glamour shot or peeking out from your purse? If you’re curious which canine pals your fellow dog lovers are choosing, take a look at the top 10 dog breeds, according to 2013 registration statistics from the American Kennel Club.

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Beagle
  5. Bulldog
  6. Yorkshire Terrier
  7. Boxer
  8. Poodle
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Dachshund
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: