Be grateful for your pet by avoiding those pleading eyes

There is always something special about the holidays and makes most people feel very giving and grateful for those in their lives.  As you gather around the festive holiday table, its all about sharing your love, conversation and appreciation of one another.  When it comes to your pets, though, less is more.

You may feel that you are leaving your pet out by not offering a piece of the turkey but in reality, you are protecting your precious pet.  You must remember that people foods are not a treat for your dog or cat.  Many of the foods we enjoy can be harmful for your pet.  If you want to include your four-legged family member in the festivities, keep special healthy pet treats nearby so that your dog or cat can be satisfied with a hand-out.  He doesn’t know that it is not what you are eating – he just knows he is included and is satisfied not to be ignored.

The last thing you need is to have the holidays disrupted because the pup or kitty ate something that caused grave illness.  Keep all inappropriate foods out of reach and be sure all guests understand they are not to slip a treat to the pet – unless it is the pet-approved treats.

The holidays are a time to reflect on the good things in life with your family, friends and pets.  Appreciate, love and bond with all those who mean the most to you.  Have a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season.

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