Added stress this season from hosting overnight guests, cooking large family meals and maintaining a hectic party schedule may be making you and your pets anxious.
You want your family members, including the furry ones, to be calm and safe during the holidays. Celeb dog coach Tamar Geller -- who has helped stars including Oprah Winfrey, Courteney Cox and Hillary Swank train their pets -- shares these tips with momlogic to make the holidays more relaxing for your dogs and cats.
- Keep your pets as close to their daily routine as possible. Scheduling a few minutes around the same time each day to play with your dog can make this time of year easier for him.
- Many cat owners don't realize milk isn't well tolerated by most felines. Dairy products are often overly fatty, so it's best to avoid giving them to dogs as well.
- Don't just "give a dog a bone." Bones can splinter and puncture the stomach or intestines. Poultry bones are particularly dangerous as they become brittle when cooked. Stick to giving your dog a bone designed for pets.
- Giving alcohol to pets is not funny, and even small of amounts of alcohol (including beer) can be toxic.
- Be careful cooking and disposing of dishes such as stuffing, because dogs and cats should not eat onions nor garlic -- they contain thiosulphate that damages red blood cells and causes anemia. Garlic is less toxic than onions, and in small amounts (such as in canine nutritional supplements) the benefits of garlic outweigh possible risks.
- Be careful not to leave ingredients lying around while baking, because yeast dough can expand and produce gas in pets' digestive systems, causing pain and possibly rupturing the stomach and intestines.
Tamar says to always consult with your veterinarian immediately if your pet is vomiting, has diarrhea, has a fever, is quiet and lethargic with signs of abdominal pain, or is restless, hyperactive or irritable with a rapid heartbeat or tremors.
How do you plan to keep your pets happy and healthy this season?