December 13, 2011

December 13, 2011
Tips for Happy Healthy Pets During the Holidays

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

You have probably seen my pets and I in at least one article in the HIV press. From reading my blog, you know I recently had to put Chipper down because of advanced age and having cancer. So it is important to me people know the precautions to take during the holidays to keep your pet happy and safe.

Take extra caution that your pets avoid table scraps during the holidays. New foods show up this time of year that may be particularly alluring to curious pets, and you might not know which are safe and which are not. When in doubt, the safest bet is to keep pets away from the table during the holidays.

Tinsel, while festive, is not the safest decor for cats. The sparkly strands are just too much to resist for many cats and, if ingested, serious complications may occur.

For your next cocktail party, consider giving pets their own space to hide out in if guests could be overwhelming. This will keep everyone safe and happy.

Leaving candles unattended is always a bad idea, but during this festive and distracting time of year, make sure to blow them out for your pets.

Ditch the mistletoe; it can cause stomach and even heart problems in pets. (And who needs a silly plant for a holiday kiss anyway?)

I hope you and your pets have the best holiday season ever!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab