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Christmas Decorations and Pet Safety

Do you love digging out the Christmas decorations and turning your home into a holiday wonderland? Do you wrap presents like an origami master? If the holiday season is your time to shine, then enjoy every moment to the fullest—just remember that you might need to make a few alterations and substitutions if you have a furry friend in the house.

Here are a few seasonal decorations and accessories to avoid or to keep out of your pet’s reach, according to the ASPCA and PetMD. Together, you and your pet can have a safe and paw-some holiday!

Harmful or toxic plants:

  • Amaryllis
  • Holly
  • Lilies
  • Mistletoe

Poinsettias are not as harmful as people often think; however, they can still make your pet mildly sick.

Fire or burn hazards:

  • Electrical cords
  • Lighted candles (try LED flameless candles instead)
  • Lights on the lower branches of your tree

Choking risks or dangers to the digestive tract:

  • Breakable ornaments
  • Edible tree decorations like cranberry and popcorn
  • Liquid potpourri and sachets
  • Pine needles
  • Ribbons
  • String
  • Tinsel
  • Wire hooks
  • Wrapping paper

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Holiday Pets Personalized Christmas Stockings

Those shredded paper towel rolls, those scratches or tears on the furniture you weren’t supposed to notice… When your furry pal greets you after a long day or nuzzles up next to you, all is forgiven. And since your pet has charmed and nudged himself onto the good list, you’ll want to be ready with a Christmas stocking for his holiday bounty! Stock up on chew toys, treats, toy mice, and small food puzzles, then tuck them inside the Holiday Pets Fleece Christmas Stockings.

These pet Christmas stockings are beautifully embellished, so they’ll look just as darling as the other stockings hanging from your mantel. A furry white cuff crowns the red fleece stocking, which features either a striped, terry-cloth cat or a plush-material dog. Each animal wears a Nordic-patterned scarf and seems to be dreaming up its own winter fantasy: fish or bones. Clear iridescent sequins dapple the stocking like gentle snowfall, while more sequins decorate the white appliquéd treats.

These pet Christmas stockings can be “personalized” with your pet’s name, so all your visitors will see that Fluffy and Fido haven’t been left out of the holiday festivities.

Click here to view and purchase the Holiday Pets Fleece Christmas Stockings.

Holiday Cat Christmas Stocking Red

 

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Adopt; Don’t Shop! Choose a Shelter Pet

Will there be a wriggling, curious furball joining your family this December? Consider adopting a shelter pet into your loving home. You might be inspired to adopt a pet after reading a few reasons from the Humane Society.

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1. Save a Pet’s Life

Welcome a shelter pet into your home, and rest easy knowing you saved an animal’s life. Encourage other would-be pet owners to adopt shelter pets as well. Together, you can reduce the number of pets who are euthanized each year.

2. It’s a Smart Choice

The adoption fee often includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping.

3. Easier Adjustment Period

Many shelter pets are already housetrained, which makes those first few adjustment weeks easier on you, your pet, and your home.

4. Self-Esteem Boost

Enjoy the emotional boost and positive feelings that come from caring for a furry companion.

5. Personality Match

With all the pets to choose from, you can find a dog or cat who will fit your personality and lifestyle. Whether you’re always active or more laid back, there’s a pet out there just for you!

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Preparing Your Home for a New Pet

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You might be thinking about selecting a heartwarming holiday gift this year – a new pet! As cute and irresistible as they are, new pets are not toys, and they’ll need your love and care for years to come. Make sure your home is ready for a new pet this Christmas, so that the transition is as smooth and joyful as possible.

Making a List (and Checking It Twice)

Stock up on supplies before you bring your new pet home, so you won’t have to make a frantic run to the pet store. The basics include a collar with a name tag, carrier, pet food, treats, food and water bowls, a scooper and bags, pet bed, toys, and grooming tools. Remember litter and a litter box for your cat, and a leash for your dog. The ASPCA recommends easing your pet into his new home by providing him with the food and litter he’s been used to, at least at first.

Before the First Day of Christmas

Take care of a few tasks before the Christmas frenzy hits. Make sure you have an identification tag ready with your phone number, and a secure carrier so your pet is safe while you travel home. Schedule a wellness visit; the Humane Society recommends taking your pet to the veterinarian within a week of adoption. Make sure other pets in the home are in good health and up-to-date on their shots. Do your research on feeding schedules, housetraining for dogs, and kitty litter training.

Our Troubles Will Be Out of Sight

Your pet’s safety is of the utmost importance, so pet-proof your home where needed. The ASPCA recommends removing stray items that your pet could chew or swallow, covering electrical outlets, putting away harsh chemicals, and moving any toxic houseplants. Remember that window cords can be a strangulation hazard to pets, so opt for pet-friendly alternatives. Keep washer, dryer, and toilet lids closed so small pets don’t climb inside. Move valuables to safe locations, and consider investing in furniture covers or pet gates to protect your furnishings.

All Is Calm

During your pet’s first days home, provide him with his own quiet, safe space and limit his access to other rooms. Place his food, water, and bed nearby, and let him explore his new surroundings. While it’s tempting for everyone in the family to lavish him with cuddles and attention, keep in mind that your pet is in a new home, and he’s still getting his bearings. Slowly introduce him to other rooms, children, and pets so he isn’t overwhelmed with all the excitement. According to the ASPCA, a cat may need up to 14 days to relax in a new environment.

‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly

Busy pets are happy pets! A bored pet can wreck havoc on your furnishings, so set aside time for exercise and play. The ASPCA recommends giving your dog at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day. Furnish your pet with toys that allow him to chew or scratch, such as chew toys for a dog and a scratching post for a cat.

Peace on Earth

Make sure everyone in the family is ready to accept the responsibility of a pet. Do your best to divvy up pet chores ahead of time, and take turns feeding, grooming, cleaning, and walking your pet.

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers

Do you need a little gift-giving inspiration this holiday season? If you’re struggling to find special gifts for the fellow pet lovers on your list, these suggestions might be just what you need. Curl up with your dog or cat, and have a look at these unique gift ideas!
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  1. Personalized Pet Stocking
    A pet is a member of the family and deserves a stocking brimming with goodies just like everyone else. Fill the stocking with toys, treats, and grooming essentials for a wonderful holiday gift.
    Woof Dog Christmas Stocking Red
  2. Pet Photo Holiday Pillow
    Slip in a photo of the recipient’s mischievous pet for a humorous Christmas gift. Being good “most of the time” should be good enough for Santa, right?

    Pet Picture Cat Pillow Cat 10 Square

  3. Microplush Quilted Pet Cover with Bolster
    Pet owners will love having a special spot for Fido or Fluffy. This cover can be personalized with the pet’s name.

    Microplush Bolstered Pet Cover 30 x 30

  4. Pet-Themed Holiday Figurine
    Santa loves pets too! Your favorite pet owner will love to display this figurine atop a bookcase, dresser, or mantel – out of pets’ reach, of course.

    Micestro Clothtique Santa with Cats Red

  5. Cat Sculpture or Dog Sculpture
    Find an abstract, modern sculpture or a realistic depiction. If you know the pet’s personality, find a sculpture to match.

    Merlin Cat Sculpture Orange
    Morning Walk Dachshund Sculpture Black

  6. Dog Treat Jar
    The pet owner on your list might love an upgrade! He or she can store dog treats without worrying about an eyesore on the counter.

    Dog Treat Jar Cream

  7. Dog Bone Braided Rug
    Dog owners will be happy to have a charming, dedicated space for food and water bowls.

    V470

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Holiday Pet Furniture Covers

With the holiday feast over and you in your cap

You settled into your chair for a post-dinner nap

When what to your drowsy eyes should appear

But an adorable furball, grinning from ear to ear.

You were tempted to tell him, “This is not your bed”

As visions of snags and messes danced in your head

But before you said, “Dash away, dash away, dash away, all!”

You found a solution for creatures large and small

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These festive holiday pet furniture covers will keep your furnishings looking good while infusing your decor with seasonal spirit. And if your pet is ready to claim his rightful place beside you, you can indulge him, since these covers are snag- and soil-resistant, as well as water-repellant.

Made from quilted polyester microfiber, these pet protectors are machine washable, should you need to freshen them up before guests arrive. Simply line dry them, and place them back on your furnishings. Holiday furniture covers are available in recliner, loveseat, and sofa sizes. The recliner cover can be used on a standard chair or wing chair. Click here to view both patterns.

The Snowflake Furniture Protector looks like a winter wonderland with its all-over snowflake print. Cover is available in red and blue.

Snowflake Furniture Protector Cover Recliner Snowflake Furniture Protector Cover Recliner

The Cardinal Furniture Protector features a darling cardinal and holly print on a light blue background with snowflakes.

Cardinal Furniture Protector Cover Light Blue Recliner Cardinal Furniture Protector Cover Light Blue Recliner

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Seasonal Preview: Holiday Pet Decor for 2015

Do you plan your Christmas list far ahead of time? Are you an early bird when it comes to holiday decorating? Even if you’re not, you can still enjoy a little online window shopping. Here are just a few of the holiday pet items we have to offer this year. Cuddle up with your furry friend, and have a look!

Put some levity in indoor or outdoor decorating with these holiday dog rugs from Liora Manne’s Front Porch Collection. Each rug depicts a mischievous dog who has managed to get himself tangled up in the Christmas lights. These humorous holiday rugs feature a Yellow Lab or Black Lab, along with a message: “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings.” Not only are these indoor/outdoor rugs funny and festive, but they’re also UV-stabilized for less fading and naturally insect- and mildew-resistant.

Yellow Lab Happy Holidays Accent Rug Red  Black Lab Seasons Greetings Accent Rug Green

Kind-hearted Santa loves pets as much as you do! Treat yourself, your veterinarian, or your favorite pet owner to a holiday collectible featuring Kris Kringle with his animal pals. The Paws and Claus Clothtique depicts “Dr. Santa” with a basket full of tiny, adorable animals. In the High Five Clothtique, an eager pup raises his paw to congratulate Santa on his Christmas deliveries. Sure to warm the hearts of Yellow Lab and Golden Retriever owners, the dog wears a festive red coat to coordinate with Santa.

Paws and Claus Clothtique Santa Red  High Five Clothtique Santa Red

If you’re curious (like your cat) and you’d like to see more cute holiday pet decor, simply click here.

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