The entire team at Veterinary Cancer Care wishes you and your family a very happy holidays. Of course, we know that the festivities can also bring potential dangers into your pet’s life, and we want to make sure you’re aware of them. We may specialize in cancer, but we want your family to have a nice, relaxing holiday weekend.

First things first, it’s important to reduce stress in your pet’s life. More people, loud noises, and a lot of excitement probably stress you out, imagine what it does to your pet with their enhanced hearing and sense of smell. Be sure to create a “safe space” for your pet to relax when things get a little too overstimulating. You can also use products like Adaptil (for dogs) and Feliway (for cats) to mitigate anxiety. These products are available as plug-in diffusers, collars, or sprays.

Be sure to also monitor anything and everything that might seem “edible” to your pet. Food items like chocolate, spicy foods, alcohol, and anything with artificial sweeteners (like xylitol) can cause a range of issues from an upset stomach to much more serious damage, including death. Be sure to check all holiday plants in the house on the ASPCA Poisonous Plants list to make sure they are not toxic to your pet.

Finally, let’s talk about heat and burns! Hot food, hot drinks, bright lights, candles, and fireplaces are all potential danger zones for your pet and should be kept far out of their reach. Be sure to watch them around candles and items like Christmas lights that may look like they should be chewing (to them), but shouldn’t be.

We hope that your family, furry companions included, have a wonderful and relaxing holiday!

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