Wrapped Up With a Bow, Holiday Pet Safety Is the Gift That Keeps On Giving

Dog holding a leash.

With so many distractions this time of year, our priorities can shift overnight. From cookie swaps to toy donation drives, potlucks to caroling, our collective calendars are simply overflowing – a fact not missed by most pets. As a result, the things that usually hold us together get flipped upside down.

Luckily, with an eye on prevention you can keep the good times rolling. Holiday pet safety doesn’t have to be confusing, and it doesn’t have to stand in the way of any seasonal fun.

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Show Your Love: Opt-Out of Giving a Pet as a Gift

Sad dog in Santa hat.

Who wouldn’t be charmed by a puppy or kitten popping out of a holiday gift box complete with a bright red bow on top? From cartoons to commercials, this holiday trope seems as old as time. And while pet adoptions that start this way can work out terrifically, giving a pet as a gift to someone else, sadly, doesn’t always have wonderful results. The good news is that you can contribute in other ways to the overall health and happiness of everyone involved. 

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How Can I Help My Pet Cope With Loud Noises?

Dog hiding from loud noises.

It’s that time of year again when the air is filled with exploding fireworks and roman candles. An onslaught of firecrackers, sounding off at midnight can terrify your pet. For some pets, it is just another night, but for others, they may be alarmed to the point of shaking, crying, or hiding. It can be difficult to comfort your pet throughout the night, but the veterinary team at Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital has come up with a list of tips to help you and your pet cope with the loud noises this year:

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