Keeping the Dog SAFE during the Holidays

image by Sadie Hart

image by Sadie Hart

The holidays are a wonderful time for families and friends to get together, celebrate, eat and be merry; but all this merry making can be a stressful time for your pets! Being aware of their surroundings, allergies and stresses is important to remember in order to make the holidays an enjoyable experience for you and for your pet. Follow these helpful tips in order for you and you dog to have a happy & safe holiday this year:

–          Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs. Make sure they are kept in places your dog cannot reach.

–          Watch out for electrical cords. Pets often try to chew them and get badly shocked or electrocuted. Place them out of reach.

–          Keep burning candles on high tables or mantels, out of the way of your dog’s wagging tail.

–          Do not use edible ornaments, or cranberry or popcorn strings. Your dog may knock the tree over in an attempt to reach (EAT) them.

–          Let’s not forget the felines’- watch that low hanging tree ornaments are not breakable as kitty may not be able to resist swatting at them!

While Christmas and Hanukah are right around the corner, there are holidays all year long to be celebrated. You can find more safety tips during other holidays as well at American Kennel Club.

 While the holidays are usually a time for fun and cheer, our pets can sometimes become overwhelmed with all the hustle and bustle. Whether it’s more people at the house than usual or changes in their schedule, this time of year can make them more stressed than joyful.

“Try to maintain a consistent routine including feeding and exercise schedules. Pets, especially dogs, can get “cooped up” during the winter, so it is important to make sure they get plenty of exercise and enrichment,” says Dr. Meghan Herron, Clinical Assistant Professor at Ohio State University.

Dr Herron goes on to say “Some animals are not comfortable with strangers, so if you plan to have visitors, provide a “safe haven” for your pets. This can be a room where pets can retreat to and enjoy toys and food enrichment. When pets are in this area, try to avoid disturbing them. If your pets get very anxious or aggressive around visitors, it may be best to board them. This will help avoid unneeded stress for you and your pets.”

TELL US… Do you pets enjoy the holidays too? Share your pet holiday traditions below.

Toys, Toys, Toys for the Holidays!

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As the holidays fast approach gift giving is at the top of our minds. Whether you are one that enjoys the frenetic shopping holiday hustle and bustle or view it as a tiresome chore you would rather just avoid there is one family member that is ALWAYS fun to buy for… your beloved dog! Searching for a special gift for Fido to enjoy takes some careful planning. After all unconditional love is what pets are all about; why not show him how much you appreciate all that he does for you with something he will REALLY get into!

That happy-no-matter-what greeting you get when you come home each day or the no-matter-what I love you stare he gives you whenever you look deeply into those caring eyes, our dogs are always there for us. So here are a few great JW toys that you can bring home for the holidays!

The Hol-ee Roller is one of the JW classics that every dog should own. A natural rubber ball covered in hexagon cutouts, this toy really holds up! It bounces, rolls, squishes, flexes, stands up to games of tug and even can be filled with treats! A pig ear or another toy can fit inside to offer even more fun for your dog to enjoy!

Another intelligent idea from the JW Pet Company is the Crackle Heads line of dog toys. These adorable toys are truly innovative and canine friendly! Available in Natural rubber, soft fuzzy plush and durable canvas fabrics these toys all have one thing in common; a crackling bottle ball designed especially for dogs inside every toy! Dogs LOVE water bottles but as we all know water bottles have caps with ridges that can become sharp and cut sensitive doggie mouths. The JW Bottle Ball is smooth and safe and 100% recyclable! Dogs go crazy over the crackling, crunching sound it makes as they play with these versatile toys!

If your dog loves treats (and what dog doesn’t!) you may want to try out the New line of Treat Toys available now! When you offer a treat toy you are not only giving your dog a yummy snack in a fun new way you are also challenging and stimulating your dog in creative ways as he or she works to learn how to get the cookie or kibble from out of the toy. Entertainment that encourages some real thought as well as offers your pup a form of physical exercise. Good for both body & soul- a perfect holiday surprise!

For those doggies who are eco –friendly check out the made in the U.S.A line of Megalast dog toys. These fantastically durable toys are 100% recyclable and stand up to tough play. Produced in a solar powered and energy star compliant factory these toys come in many fun shapes and sizes perfect to fill a stocking with joy! Squeaky, treat stuff- able, super bouncy and sure to delight your canine companion.

With all the many JW Pet options above you are sure to find the best toy ever for your beloved holiday hound! If you don’t have a pet of your own remember that pet lovers enjoy getting a holiday gift for their furry family members! Also there are many shelters and organizations in your area that are looking for donations and what better time of year to donate to your local pet charity? Contact your local shelter to find out where you can donate or pitch in to help this holiday season.

Don’t forget the kitty cats too! JW Cat toys and clever creations will appeal to the intelligent feline in your life so check ‘em out today!