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Pet on the set 12.19.11

<font size=2> <P>The holidays can include times spent with family and friends at home and on the road as you plan your holiday schedule keep your pet's safety and needs in mind. </P></font> <P>Susan Helmink from the care center is here with tips for pet owners during the holidays</P>

At home Dangerous foods to avoid include:

- Raw or undercooked meat, eggs and bones

- Yeast dough

- Grapes and raisins

- Macadamia nuts

- Onions, garlic, chives

- Avocado

- Chocolate, coffee, caffeine

- Alcohol

- Milk

- Xylitol-sweetened products

- Salted products

Keep holiday decorations and gifts out of reach
Pets are very curious and often chew on novel items. Swallowed items can cause stomach upset, intestinal obstruction and possible poisoning. Examples include garland, strings of lights, plants, gift wrapping, ribbon and batteries.

Make sure your pet is wearing identification and caution guests to be mindful of your pets as they enter and leave the house.

Minimize stress from changes in routine
Keep your pet's diet (and exercise) routines as consistent as possible. Make sure your pets have a quiet place to retreat to if they don't want to be part of the festivities.

If you travel without your pet: Consider hiring a pet sitter so your pet can stay in his home environment

- Have the pet sitter meet your pet before departure date

- Discuss and leave clear instructions regarding feeding, medications, exercise, etc. so their routine stays as consistent as possible

- Be available by phone for any questions or concerns



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