Here’s some tips to keep pets safe over the holidays; gift guide included – Standard-Times

Christmas gift guide: pets

Here are some pet-specific gifts to get for the holiday season.

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Whether you travel or host this holiday season, pets may factor into your plans. From what pets can’t eat, to safe shopping, here’s some advice to keep tails wagging.

“The holidays can be a pretty stressful time for people and their pets … so go into the season knowledgeable and with a plan,” said Dr. Mary Ann White, a veterinarian at Southside Animal Hospital and San Angelo emergency clinic, in a previous November 2019 interview.

That plan should include making sure pets have collars, ID tags and/or are microchipped. Reflective colors can be especially useful if your pet gets out.

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What can your pet eat?

While you generally should not give pets human food, there are some treats that are safe — apples, carrots, green beans and bananas.

It is usually better to get treats that are made for them.

No matter how cute those puppy-dog eyes are, do not give your pets these items:

  • Sweets, especially chocolate.
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Nuts
  • Turkey meat, skin or bones
  • Anything with artificial sweeteners, especially ones using Xylitol
  • Yeast dough

People who are hosting gatherings should also let guests know not to feed your pets and if they have dietary restrictions.

Another concern is plants. Avoid buying mistletoe, poinsettias, ivy or Christmas cactuses unless you can place them in a place you know your pet can’t reach.

The ASPCA has lists of all toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs and cats at

In most cases, vomiting and diarrhea are early signs of trouble. If this happens, people can call the ASPCA  Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. This is a 24/7 hotline, and a consultation fee may apply.

For more tips visit the American Veterinary Medical Association at

Keep pets safe, whether you travel or host

If you are traveling with your pet, make sure to use this checklist:

  • Collar
  • Identification tags
  • Usual food and medicine
  • Contact information for an emergency clinic
  • A safe space prepared for pets while guests visit
  • A pet carrier for travel

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