It feels like just yesterday that the summer was beginning and we were all planning our beach getaways! Now it’s like we blinked and bam the holidays are upon us! Time to go into the attic and pull down the old decorations and plan your family feasts.
It feels like just yesterday that the summer was beginning and we were all planning our beach getaways! Now it’s like we blinked and bam the holidays are upon us! Time to go into the attic and pull down the old decorations and plan your family feasts. You can bet nobody in your home is more excited for all the delicious smells and food then your furry friends! But what’s safe for your pets and what’s better left out of reach? Well we’ve got you covered with just a few helpful tips.
Getting your home ready for the holidays is probably the best part! Hanging up your lights, picking out the perfect tree, and going through all your old decorations. But making sure all these things are safe for your pets can be tricky. Your Christmas tree to start with needs be secure otherwise its in danger of being knocked over, especially if your pets are as mischievous as mine! Who needs a star on top of the tree when your cat thinks they make a better replacement. Ornaments that can be easily broken should be higher from the ground so there's no unfortunate incidents and tinsel is better just left off! Cats are more likely to ingest tinsel than dogs but for both it can have serious consequences. When the presents are done being wrapped make sure there isn't any leftover string or ribbon left around, your pets might think you’ve given them an early gift. Another thing to watch out for are poinsettias and mistletoe, both are poisonous and can cause vomiting along with other serious issues! And of course candles, wires, and battery packs should also be kept out of reach of paws and mouths.
For some pets the holidays aren't all they're cracked up to be! So it’s important to remember to give them a safe place to relax so they aren't bombarded by all the holiday cheer! Especially if your festivities involve things like fireworks which can be very scary for their sensitive ears but even just an influx of family members can be quite overwhelming! One product that we always keep on hand which can be really helpful for any anxious behavior is CBD oil. It comes in both liquid and treat form and will definitely help to relax the most panicked of pets.
Now that the tough stuff is out of the way how about what your pet can enjoy with you this season! Turkey is always a treat in most homes and it's perfectly safe for your pets to have a nibble of! A slice or two won’t hurt just keep any and all cooked bones away from your pets as these can be very dangerous! A piece of sweet potato when making your casseroles is also fine and actually good for them too! But if you're looking for something just for them here’s a fun recipe you can whip up pretty quick!
Pumpkin Cranberry Trees (or any shape you want to use)
- 1 cup rye flour (or substitute rice flour or all-purpose flour)
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons organic honey
- 3½ tablespoons olive oil (or substitute organic canola oil)
- 2 tablespoons organic dried cranberries, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- Add the flour, baking powder, applesauce, honey, and olive oil to a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about half an inch thick. Cut treats with a cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Firmly press a few pieces of chopped cranberries and pumpkin seeds into the top of each cookie.
- Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until treats are firm to the touch.
Not great with an oven? That’s ok we aren’t either, but we've got plenty of delicious holiday treats to keep your pet’s bellies full this season! Check out the bottom of this blog for some tasty links! Now that they’re full and we’ve kept them safe from any mishaps,it’s time to sit back relax and enjoy the season! Happy holidays from all of us here at Louise’s!