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Christmas Gathering with your pet kidz

December 14, 2013

Our schedule is a bit different today… Things are happening out of the ordinary… my pet parent is fiddling around in the food room… They seem a bit anxious and nervous… Something sure smells great, I will check this out … MMM… I think I will do an exploration of things when no one is looking … the smells are so tempting!

Pet Parents, keep in mind:  Company, excitement, food, seasonal plants, and yes even the smell of alcohol… All of these things can pose challenges to your pet kidz.
Please be aware of the temptation of scavenging … sometimes the rewards outweigh your discouragement of these activities… there are dangers from bones, plastics, poisonous seasonal plants and other foreign objects.    Also try to be mindful of interactions with seldom seen family members with  your pet kidz… Remember family members and your pet kidz may need a coach to help communication, before misunderstandings happen.  Try to gauge your pet kidz excitement level and keep their safety and comfort in mind as you celebrate.  Provide a quiet, calm, safe place to your pet kidz so they may retire if they get overwhelmed

There is definitely hustle and bustle during the holiday season.  There are increased visits from family and friends whom your pet kidz may have had limited interactions with.

Remember, these can overwhelm your pet kidz.

Enjoy your holidays, and keep your pet kidz in mind as you plan your gatherings ~ some things to remember:

  • Placement of electrical cords
  • Seasonal plants may be toxic:  *See the following list and info
  • Dangly things are tempting
  • The smell of alcohol is not pleasant for your pet kidz…
  • Exaggerated voices, gestures , and interactions may be misread by your pet kidz.
  • Anxieties are increased during this

Here is a small list of plants that can potentially be harmful to your pet kidz:

May induce vomiting, nervous excitement

  •  Amaryllis
  •  Autumn crocus                      All parts      

Nausea, vomiting and depression, difficult breathing *may be fatal

  •  Christmas rose                       All parts     

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea *May be fatal

  •  Narcissus                                 Bulb

Vomiting and nervous excitement

  •  Star of Bethlehem                  Bulb

Irritations of mouth tongue and throat.  Difficult breathing, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

  •  Caladium                                 Leaves/roots

Acute stomach and intestinal irritation with diarrhea and slow pulse *may be fatal

  •  Mistletoe                                  Berries

Severe irritations to mouth throat and stomach

  •  Poinsettia                                Leaves


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